Not many people are fortunate to be in attendance at a sports event in person. But if you are one of the chosen, you receive an added benefit by cheering along with those in the crowd. And even if you’re not visibly present in the stands you can still reap the benefits by spurring your team on from home or with friends.
According to an article entitled, Being a Fan Has Benefits (and) Some Dangers it states, “Scientists have shown fans who feel personally invested in a team and cheer along with others get the mental health benefits that come from a feeling of social connectedness or belonging”. It’s as if they have a new-found pep in their step when they’re actually involved in the cheering activity.
But on the opposite end of the spectrum, fans can have a great let down if their team loses. More than likely we’ve all probably experienced that frustrated feeling when our team disappoints us. Now while that may be a normal reaction, it’s not healthy if that behavior continues for more than a day or two. In some instances depression may occur which may lead to the necessity for professional help.
In the end one must accept the fact that there will be a winner as well as a loser. While you may robustly cheer your team on, it’s best not to take it too seriously one way or the other. Don’t forget to have fun from the overall experience.
Health Wise, Fall 2010 edition, Page 11