Mental Health

Athletes and Mental Health

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The lack of mental health awareness and education has allowed stigma to persist as a problem in our modern world. Distorted views about mental health can cause individuals who are struggling to feel confused, isolated, embarrassed, and ashamed. Further, these sentiments may be enhanced for athletes and can serve as obstacles in the journey towards getting help.
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One stigmatized belief is that a mental health struggle is a sign of weakness. This conflicts with the idea of an athlete as an example of someone who is in optimal health.
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Recognizing the prevalence of concerns, and the risks of unchecked mental health problems, seeking help is crucial. How do we raise awareness and help our athletes?
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In the professional football environment, the effects of the various pressures and high expectations are evident. Players are under huge pressure to perform from coaches, parents, themselves. Then you bring money into the equation, sand the media attention, and you have all the ingredients for psychological struggles.
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My experience with mental illness started when I was 13 or 14. It first manifested as anxiety before exams and competitions, because of the pressure. Anxiety can very easily morph into depression. The two go hand in hand. In my case, that’s what happened. For years I suffered from what I’d call mild to moderate depression.
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My advice to others struggling with mental illness is to realize that, yes, it’s abnormal, but it’s also normal in the sense it can happen to anyone. Get help. If you’re an athlete, don’t be afraid to alter your training. It’s hard for a super-driven person to dial back their workload, but if you’re in the thick of a mood disorder, you probably should. It’s no different than shin splints or a stress fracture. Make your coaches aware of what is going on.
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I have talked to many elite athletes and people from all walks of life who struggle with these same things. Mental health struggle is truly an epidemic. If only we could talk about our mental health as easily as we talk about our physical health.
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I experienced lots of extreme emotions in college. I just thought I was an emotional person, not much different than anyone else. Running was a big outlet. Regardless of how I was feeling, all I had to do was go out there and execute the workout. It was really hard for me to take care of my emotions when I wasn’t running, but I still didn’t think anything was wrong.
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Sometimes athletes worry about the weight gain that can come with medications for mental illness. I gained about five pounds or so, but who cares in the scheme of things.
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UK's government is taking an active role by putting a mental health action plan for elite athletes in place. Here's the article https://www.bbc.com/sport/43483169.
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Wow, this is very good of UK. Why does Australia not think of something like this for its athletes?
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Sports-minded teens see mental health concerns as a sign of weakness, they might not be likely to reach out and look for help.
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Sports-minded teens see mental health concerns as a sign of weakness, they might not be likely to reach out and look for help.
Head injuries are not uncommon, and for high school athletes who plays all four years, it’s not improbable to suffer from several concussions over the course of a high school career. Traumatic brain injuries cause a host of physical problems, and they can also cause mental health issues.
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