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The Kids Were Right – Skateboarding Is Good For Your Mental Health

An skateboarder rides at the public Venice Beach skateboard park in California on September 22, 2017. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Skateboarding may be good for your overall well being, according to a first-of-its-kind study out of the University of Southern California.

Researchers talked to 5,000 young people, ages 13 to 25, about their passion for their boards, and the analysis reveals a few things about skateboard culture, including that it improves mental health and fosters a sense of community.

"It's the only way that they get rid of some of the stress that's both brought on by school or social economic conditions or things that are going on in their life," said Neftalie Williams, a scholar in race and skateboarding culture who co-authored the study. “Getting out and actually having the ability to be physical with something that doesn't have rules... that's one of the key [benefits].”

The study, which was funded by former professional skateboarder Tony Hawk’s foundation, found that skaters are often critical thinkers and problem solvers, and that the sport frequently brings together people from diverse backgrounds.

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