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Lou Bergholz from Edgework Consulting shares how sport can be used to support people affected by trauma.

For two decades, Edgework has been working with organisations attempting to foster resilience, address mental health issues, and help people heal from the trauma in their lives. A major focus of this work has been in the sport for development sector. 

We know the power of sport to engage, inspire, and serve as a platform for building life skills. In relation to many traditional types of treatment, including talk therapy, sport stands apart in its ability to have an impact on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of people affected by trauma. In short, sport can heal.

Trauma causes a rewiring of the brain and subsequent feelings and behaviours that can restrict a person’s ability to function. To break free from these effects, people need to be given the chance to experience more of the following:

  • A sense of safety and security
  • More consistent regulation of their emotions and actions
  • A connection to people who look out and care for them
  • Opportunities to feel skilled and successful
  • Experiences that promote choice-making and a sense of control of their lives
  • Ways to break out of feeling stuck in the past, and living in the present; even having a future, hopeful focus
  • A re-connection to and joy in using their bodies on their terms

The fact is: every single one of these is foundational to a well-run sport experience.

We’ve created this website to help shine a spotlight on this emerging field of sport-based stabilisation, and provide sport for healing resources. You can download these free resources to gain knowledge and tools around how healing happens, the mechanisms in sport that promote healing, how to work with a person who is experiencing emotional dysregulation, and sign up for more resources we’ll be sharing on this website in the coming months.

This article was submitted by Edgework Consulting. Visit their website for more information. 

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