Dr. Mickel Malek, a dentist by profession, participates in a variety of sports and outdoor activities in his free time. Dr. Mickel Malek includes softball on his list of favorite pursuits.
For adult participants, team softball can provide social as well as health benefits. Playing in team athletics, whether recreational or competitive, can increase an individual’s motivation to be physically active and engage in community. A team provides the accountability that helps many people to lift themselves out of isolating behaviors and pursue a group goal, which in turn helps the person to battle depressed moods and loneliness.
The team atmosphere also helps participants to hold themselves accountable for their own performance. Because one’s athletic progress benefits the team, many members are likely to work harder at building their skills than if they were competing in an individual sport. The resultant progress leads to gains in self-esteem as well as in the ability to set and pursue goals.
Meanwhile, the exercise involved in team sports has a positive effect on the body. Just a half hour of practice or game play per day can lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, and increase energy levels. By combining this exercise with social camaraderie, team members can maintain the regularity of routine that makes a fitness program most effective.