In the article below, author Michele Filgate shares a personal story of how running has impacted her mental health over the years, and in particular helped her to manage depression. In addition, both Filgate and others describe how sports and physical injuries impacting their ability to be active have significantly affected their mood and ability to cope.
"By 2013, I was in therapy once a week and running three to four times a week. These runs were the difference between debilitating depression and being able to function. Even on days when cold rain tore at my skin, when my toes were numb from icy puddles, when I waited out a downpour underneath scaffolding: running meant taking action with my life, not stalling it."
For the full article, click here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/michelefilgate/running-helped-me-cope-with-depression-but-then-i-got-injure#.guE6j9aX1g