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Study Finds Bouldering Reduces Depression

Eva-Maria Stelzer of the University of Arizona in Tucson co-led a team that studied effects of bouldering on adults suffering from depression.

They presented their findings at the 29th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in Boston. Medical News Today reported, “For the most part, individuals who receive treatment for depression – through medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both – make a full recovery. (click on clip to watch Will Johnson on a fun problem at Joe Rockheads)

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“However, statistics suggest that only a third of patients with severe depression actively seek treatment.”

The study concluded that bouldering reduced depression severity from moderate to mild. The study focused on 100 adults from Germany who boulderers for three hours per week for eight weeks, most people were new to the sport.

“Stelzer notes that bouldering requires high levels of concentration, which is likely what makes the sport beneficial for people with depression, given that rumination is a problem for such individuals,” noted the article that you can find here.

“All in all, the team believes that bouldering might be a beneficial addition to current treatments for individuals with depression, and it may even help people with other mental health disorders.” (click on clip to watch)

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