Following through with the theme of neurogenesis and exercise for brain health and development; here are links to two excellent articles by program director and chief instructor of karate Rob Nielson at Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding school for troubled teens (1).
Karate is one of my favourite pass-times and I was very happy to read that it is being used in such a positive way to help young people.
1) Karate Black Belt Challenge Brain Development in troubled teens
Student Participation stimulates brain development (neurogenesis)
By Rob Nielson, Program Director & Chief Instructor
Helpful in disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression. Increases self-confidence and mindfulness,
2) Karate Black Belt Challenge for brain development in troubled teens – Part II
an Holistic approach to therapy at Cedar Ridge
Academy Therapeutic Boarding School for troubled teens
by Rob Nielson, Program Director & Chief Instructor
Relationships between being physically fit and mentally fit, karate for attention deficit, anxiety, drug issues, impulse control, aerobic exercise and brain health.