Connecting the Pack at La Joya Community High School

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Connecting the Pack at La Joya Community High School

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Connecting the Pack at La Joya Community High School

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Sports and Mental Health


How could sports impact a kid’s mental health?  Recently it has been shown that rates for children and teens with depression have gone up.

It can be argued that it’s because kids and teens now a days are constantly on their electronic devices.

Whether this is true or not it has been proven that kids and teens mental health are being affected in a negative way causing serious levels of stress, depression, anxiety etc.

Encouraging kids and teens to be more active whether it’s playing a sport or going out for a run can help them reduce these feelings and impactive them in a positive way.

This helps them long term because they’ll less likely be dealing with such high levels of stress when reaching adulthood.

Josue Valdez at La Joya Community Highschool says that when he ran track it helped him overcome challenges physically and mentally.

It helped him a lot with depression because running boosted his endorphins therefor giving him more energy and motivation to do his work.

Abigail Navarro says that doing cross country helped her mentally be free and relieved her stress.

She saw cross country as a mental outlet to get away from all her stress in the end helping her over come any obstacles that she had.

Overall playing a sport is very beneficial for your mental health it is a great way to take care of your mind and body it helps with your self-esteem.

What Role Do Sports Play in the Mental Health of Children? – Child Mind Institute

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Anaya Yglesias
Anaya Yglesias is an aspiring photographer at La Joya Community High School in Avondale, Arizona. She is a senior currently taking the 2023-2024 Advanced Digital Communications Class and upcoming SkillsUSA competitor. She is taking the class in hopes of learning and enhancing her skills in photography and journalism. She has been at La Joya for 3 years. A lot has happened to her over her time online and on campus here at La Joya Community High School that has helped her improve as a photographer which allows her to be able to help others. She made a promise to herself that she would succeed and present the best work possible. Anaya one day hopes to pursue a career in nursing or social justice. She will go off to college to get a degree in business and hopefully go to law school. 

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