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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Music - Depression - Books

Getting teenagers to read is not for the faint of heart. But the below study might provide some added motivation.


Coach Dean Hood has chosen a book every year for his coaches and players to read. Basically the idea is to read a chapter a week and he asks his players to text him once they have personally finished the chapter letting him know what they got out of it. The book he chose this year was "The Mentor Leader" by Tony Dungy. I know that all of his Seniors have read it.

This could be another way to generate some good discussion on the team.

If during the season seems too difficult, maybe consider doing this in the off-season.
Study: Are Music-Loving Teens More Likely to Be Depressed?
By Amie Ninh

Being plugged into an iPod is a hallmark of adolescence, but a new study suggests that teens who spend too much time listening to music may be at higher risk of depression.

The study, led by Dr. Brian Primack, an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, found that teens who reported listening to music more often — rather than using other types of media like TV and books — were at higher risk of having major depressive disorder (MDD), compared with teens who listened to music less frequently. With each level increase in music use, teens had an 80% higher risk of depression, the study found.

"At this point, it is not clear whether depressed people begin to listen to more music to escape, or whether listening to large amounts of music can lead to depression, or both," said Primack in a statement.

By contrast, researchers found that reading books had the opposite association: with each level increase in time spent reading, teens' risk of depression dropped 50%. "This is worth emphasizing because overall in the U.S., reading books is decreasing, while nearly all other forms of media use are increasing," Primack said.

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