Watch­ing sports can be ther­a­peu­tic, even com­bat Covid-in­duced trauma

◗ A STUDY con­ducted by doc­tors has claimed that fol­low­ing in­di­rect sports ther­apy helped in im­prov­ing the psy­cho­log­i­cal con­di­tions of Covid19 pa­tients who are re­ally un­der­go­ing trauma

The Asian Age - - City - BHASKAR HARI SHARMA

While the en­tire world is strug­gling to over­come the Covid pan­demic and its af­ter­ef­fects of men­tal trauma, prom­i­nent hos­pi­tals in Ghazi­abad have in­tro­duced in­di­rect sports ther­apy with an aim to shift the at­ten­tion of the pa­tients. This has helped them over­come the trauma caused dur­ing the quar­an­tine pe­riod.

Re­cently, a study con­ducted by some prom­i­nent hos­pi­tals in Ghazi­abad has claimed that fol­low­ing in­di­rect sports ther­apy helped in im­prov­ing the psy­cho­log­i­cal con­di­tions of Covid-19 pa­tients who are re­ally un­der­go­ing trauma and need such timely in­ter­ven­tion to im­prove their over­all feel-good fac­tor.

Un­der this ther­apy, the hos­pi­tals ditched news chan­nels and showed only sports chan­nels on the TV sets to the Covid pa­tients and psy­chol­o­gists an­a­lysed its im­pact on them.

The man be­hind this study, Dr Kan­ishka Pandey, the head of sports re­search cen­tre at IMT Ghazi­abad, said that the fields and play­grounds are very much an in­te­gral part of sports ther­apy for over­com­ing neg­a­tiv­ity and de­pres­sion.

“How­ever, in tough times where so­cial dis­tanc­ing is preva­lent, the op­tion of a field is out of bounds. Keep­ing the govern­ment norms in mind and the hard­ships that Covid pa­tients have to un­dergo, it’s not hard to imag­ine the psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact.

“There­fore, I sug­gested in­di­rect sports ther­apy at hos­pi­tals. It helps in cre­at­ing pos­i­tiv­ity and gives emo­tional sta­bil­ity,” he said. “Ear­lier, pa­tients were mis­be­hav­ing with the health staff. I sent a rec­om­men­da­tion to Yashoda Hospi­tal, San­tosh Med­i­cal Col­lege, and Max Hospi­tal to study how pa­tients be­have with the health staff. The out­come was that the pa­tients were ir­ri­tated, stressed, anx­ious, etc,” said Dr Pandey.

“I asked them what the pa­tients did to en­ter­tain them­selves. The hos­pi­tals replied that the pa­tients watched news chan­nels all day. I sug­gested they switch to sports chan­nels in­stead and see whether any be­havioural change. In the be­gin­ning, they were re­luc­tant to watch sports chan­nels but once they did they started tak­ing in­ter­est in sports,” said Dr Pandey.

Dr Amoolya Seth, depart­ment of psy­chi­a­try at San­tosh Med­i­cal Col­lege, said that due to the on­go­ing pan­demic, peo­ple are not able to in­dulge in sports.

“More­over, all the news chan­nels are mainly tele­cast­ing about Covid, which has cre­ated panic. We have in­tro­duced in­di­rect sports ther­apy and tele­casted sports chan­nels. The re­cov­ery rate has gone up and the treat­ment du­ra­tion has also re­duced,” Dr Seth said.

“There is re­mark­able change in the re­cov­ery rate of the Covid-19 pa­tients prior and af­ter June 20, 2020, the day the hospi­tal started us­ing in­di­rect sports ther­apy through sports chan­nels. The av­er­age du­ra­tion of stay at the hospi­tal has re­duced from 20-22 days to 6-8 days,” he added. Dr (Lt Col) Rahul Shukla, the direc­tor of Yashoda Hos­pi­tals, said, “The out­comes of the study have been en­cour­ag­ing. The pa­tients have shown re­mark­able im­prove­ment in over­com­ing their fear and anx­i­ety. It is ap­pre­cia­ble that it helped them cope well with stress re­lated to the pan­demic,”.

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