“It’s a fear about being judged. It’s a fear of being seen as weak when you’re supposed to be seen as a competitive athlete,” one tennis player said.
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Don’t Expect Grief To Go Away
Grief is a healing process that transforms our lives.
Redefining Mental Toughness
Mental toughness has historically been defined by the ability to shake it off, put on a brave face, and push past the pain. People often get rewarded for ignoring their mind’s and body’s signals and pushing themselves to the brink. However, just because you can do...
A Year That Changed How Athletes Think About Mental Health
The psychological challenges of sports have been talked about for ages. In 2021, athletes in a number of disciplines took action. Back in February, it felt like an ordinary instance of something extraordinary: Naomi Osaka, losing and facing match point against Garbiñe...
A game-changer for mental health: Sports icons open up
Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka and others could accelerate growing acceptance and decreasing stigma for mental health. They had the world’s spotlight shining on them. They had trained for years for this moment. Millions of fans waited to watch them compete and see...
Athletes and Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma
Why aren’t mental health issues taken as seriously as physical issues? Nobody questions an athlete taking time to recover from a sprained ankle or broken wrist. Those injuries are easy to see and come with a clear understanding that they cannot be ignored. But what...
Untangling trauma and grief after loss
Death, loss and grief are natural parts of life. But when death arrives suddenly and unexpectedly, such as with suicide or a car accident, the overlap of the traumatic experience and the grief of the loss can overwhelm us. Glenda Dickonson, a licensed clinical...
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