To the Editor We read with interest the article by Easterlin et al,1 which demonstrated an association between team sports participation in adolescence with long-term mental health outcomes among individuals exposed to adverse childhood experiences. We noted that the main variables of this study, including mental health outcomes (depression, anxiety, and depressive symptoms), adverse childhood experiences, and team sport participation, were recorded without any details surrounding chronology. Mental health outcomes were retrospectively self-reported in wave 4 (phrased as “having ever received a diagnosis of anxiety/depression”), while team sport participation was reported in wave 1 (phrased as current participation or intention to participate).
Wong K, Puusepp-Benazzouz H, Nanan R. Fostering Resilience Among Youths Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences. JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(1):101. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4378
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