The Benefits of Contact Sports on Your Mental Health

8 Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

One great thing to get into is of course, contact sports. They are great for your physical fitness, and sports like Muay Thai and mixed martial arts are great for building a strong mind-body connection so you can become better at controlling your body.

But what can contact sports do for your mental health? Why do they matter? Read on to find out the benefits of contact sports on a mental plane, rather than just on a physical one.

Helps Build Confidence

Contact sports require you to control your body in order to hit the opponent or the bag.  When you do it correctly, it can help you feel better about yourself.

For some of us, especially if we think we’re “small” or “weak” this can be a huge confidence booster. Being able to control your body in such a way proves you’re powerful, and for many people, it’s that boost of confidence that they need. If you really want to feel good about yourself, consider getting into some contact sports, for it can help you learn skills and help you understand your body.

It also is good to know because if you’re in a situation where you’re fighting someone larger, being able to take them down and knowing how to disarm them is incredibly valuable, and worth learning as well.

Natural Stress Relief

Moving about is a good way to relieve stress, but mixed martial arts and other contact sports take it to the next level. The whole purpose of this is to fight, and you can, after a long day, spend some time at a punching bag.

If you have a lot of pent-up energy that is making you feel ill at ease, hitting a punching bag a few times is therapeutic.  Some people even imagine their stress disappearing every time they punch the bag, and that’s a perfectly valid and healthy way to handle it.

Of course, if you’re sparring someone, make sure you use proper precautions and wear the right gear, but this is a good way to get away from the stressors of life, and help you work out the problems that are going on in a simple, yet effective way.

Can Help with Anger Issues

If you have anger issues, this is again another great thing to do. Spending time at a punching bag for a little bit is a very valuable thing, and worth your while. Some people like doing this, because they “imagine” their anger in the form of the bag, punching it again and again. It does work well, and can help you get rid of that energy in a way that’s much healthier than taking it out on others.

Plus, anger which is directed at a healthier source is much easier to handle and control, and most people feel better if they handle it in this fashion. That’s why, if you do have issues or anger within, contact sports might be good.

Of course, if the anger isn’t going away, or if there is a deeper concern, you should go to to get the help you need.

Contact sports are super fun, and they offer a variety of benefits.