How sport reduces anxiety caused by dyslexia

Posted on 8 September, 2018 By In disabilities , Leisure & Sports , pathologies With no comments

According to the data collected sportsmen with dyslexia are more successful with the attitude to problem-solving and lateral thinking

Como el deporte reduce la ansiedad provocada por la dislexiaComo el deporte reduce la ansiedad provocada por la dislexia


When sport is consciously chosen by the child, it has been noted that in 80% of cases it reduces the anxiety that is often the cause of dyslexia.

Dyslexia, as we know, is a disorder that unfortunately leads to a sense of inadequacy and discomfort that can lead to anxiety. The fact of being slower in school leads to being pointed out as lazy or lazy or even sometimes as less gifted than others.

This sense of worthlessness can result in the child’s fear of failure, which can lead him to withdraw into himself. It might be useful, however, to allow him to choose a sport to help combat this feeling of inadequacy, while helping him to acquire or improve to express his abilities and which may be useful to him in many fields of life, helping him also to restore the self-confidence he may have lost in school. Imagining an action before building it and with greater ease and creativity seem to be the characteristics of athletes with dyslexia.


Como el deporte reduce la ansiedad provocada por la dislexia


These figures appear to be confirmed by a research project that began in 2010 with the aim of creating a method to help adolescents and children with learning disabilities. Out of 100 children with dyslexia, 80 of the children who play sports have fewer anxiety symptoms compared to 20 who do not play sports.

It should be emphasized that these results are achieved only in the case that the child chooses the sport to practice. There should be no pressure from the parents. One tends to make a big mistake when pushing the child to do a team sport thinking that it is the best way to learn to stay in the world: the truth is that sport is generally used to learn to live according to the rules, learn discipline and respect for themselves and for the adversary.

Sport has to be seen, then, as an element in which the child can give the best, outside the purely academic and above all complementary to the school activity.

Children with dyslexia tend to show more passion and less anxiety in the practice of sports, than children without dyslexia, highlighting, in particular, the ability to see 360 ° and are distinguished by their problem-solving skills and attitude to what is called lateral thinking.

But be careful! By this, we do not mean that reading exercise is not important, but one should not think that sport is a secondary activity and that one can boast about it. It is only through sport that many children find the energy to express themselves more comfortably.

In support of this theory are the large number of sports stars with dyslexia, starting with the British pilot Jackie Stewart, three times Formula 1 world champion, Nolan Ryan, one of the best pitchers in the history of the Major Leagues, Magic Johnson, American basketball legend who has never hidden that he faced many problems at an early age because of his problem. Finally, there is also the recent success of swimming star Michael Phelps, a champion who in just five years has won eight Olympic medals.

Therefore, there is no one sport better than another, but it seems that, if the practice of sports can be a way to express the potential of the adolescent, finding an environment to strengthen their security to face the challenge with study and school.

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