Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – A local therapist said rooting for sports teams is an avenue for connections within families to create bonds.
Tim Volbrecht, a mental health counselor at L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center, said cheering on a sports team can be a way for people to experience success through a team. Volbrecht said he does not have specific research on this suggestion, but said when the weather changes, and it gets colder, sports games are something people can look forward to enjoying, even if they’re not hardcore fans.
“For folks out there who might be considered fair-weather fans or bandwagon fans, you can still gain some of the positive benefits of cheering for a team, that when they win you can celebrate their success. Some more die-hard fans might have an issue with that. I think we can still gather that sense of community and belonging and lets celebrate that versus point out the differences,” Volbrecht said.
Volbrecht said rooting for a sports team could be a great hobby for anyone, and being part of a ‘fan’ atmosphere can be positive, and it may improve a person’s mental health.