If you miss important family events to watch a game or become angry, depressed or violent when a team loses, you may have an unhealthy obsession, according to Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
To manage a sports addiction, people must first admit they have a problem, Klapow said in a news release. They can also take the following steps:
- Track how many hours in a week are spent watching sports. Include listening to games or playing them online.
- Try to set limits. For example, watch one sporting event per week – or less than two hours per week.
- Do not miss important family gatherings due to sports.
- Spend time with your family or work out instead of watching sports.
- Talk to your doctor.
Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham