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
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,”.