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Polygence Scholar2023
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Vanni Intini

Class of 2025Fayetteville, North Carolina


Hello! My name is Vanni Intini and my Polygence project is on The Positive and Negative Relationship Between Sports and Anxiety. I chose to work on this project because I am fascinated with psychology and my athletics, so I decided to tie the two of those subjects together into a project! After my project is complete I would like to be featured on the Polygence scholars page! I would also like to start a new project soon after!


  • "The Positive and Negative Relationship Between Sports and Anxiety" with mentor Stephanie (Mar. 2, 2023)

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The Positive and Negative Relationship Between Sports and Anxiety

Started Sept. 16, 2022

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Sports play a role in the lives of many young people today affecting their physical and mental well-being. In terms of mental health, sports have been shown to have both a negative and positive association with young people’s anxiety. Negative impacts of sports on young people include performance anxiety, which relates to the competitive nature of sports as well as associated pressures from teams, coaches, and families. However, research also suggests that sports may also have potential benefits including reduced anxiety in other areas.