Physical activity has been shown to improve mood and reduce the risk of several mental health disorders, but young athletes can still be at risk for anxiety, depression and even suicide.
If you have any concern that your child is experiencing mental health issues, do not wait. Talk with your child about how they are feeling and involve your healthcare provider early.
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