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Editorial
May 28, 2019

Sport Participation Among Individuals With Adverse Childhood Experiences—Leveling the Playing Field

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Division of Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care, Department of Pediatrics, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(7):626-627. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.1209

Easterlin et al1 provide evidence in support of making sport participation inclusive and accessible for adolescents with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Their conclusions are based on a longitudinal observational study of adolescents who reported ACEs in grades 7 through 12 from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Adverse childhood experiences are a set of potentially harmful experiences (eg, neglect, abuse, and family dysfunction) that occur before 18 years of age that have been linked to poor health and psychosocial outcomes in adulthood.2 The present study aligned with extant literature, with findings suggesting that individuals with ACEs were significantly more likely to have depression compared with those without ACEs.2 Easterlin et al1 found that team sport participation among adolescents with ACEs was associated with a lower likelihood of depression and anxiety during young adulthood.

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