Beyond the Outcome is a searchable collection of articles about current topics in athlete mental health. I hope this helps you as an athlete or coach in developing awareness of mental health and reducing the stigma associated with it.
Bethany`s Notes: Some good information from a LCSW to help you and your team deal with the anxiety around the COVID-19 situation. Each individual will grieve differently with the loss of a season, a senior year, a conference championship opportunity. My recommendation is to continue to find ways to connect with your team and staff. Let them know you are there regularly.
....Dr. Goldman: Going back to what’s the same and what’s different about this special population, one element is they might actually have some familiarity with certain forms of isolation, like having an injury. When you think about the idea of adapting and being resilient, these are things that athletes are often conditioned for. Uncertainty and instability are common threads within a sports setting. So in some ways I think there is some conditioning that helps the players be robust. ...more
Bethany`s Notes: A Q&A with a leading sports psychologist regarding COVID-19 and the challenges athletes of all levels may face during this time of uncertainty.
.....But what coaches and ADs are stressing is the importance of staying active. While it may be most people’s first inclination to lounge around and accept the warm welcome of their couch, staying physically stimulated is not only important for athletes to remain ready, but to maintain a sense of mental health.....
.....Tomasini, a physical education teacher at SHS in addition to coaching baseball, has been posting different home workouts on his Twitter account, @Swich_Baseball, like a 30-day core challenge and different home gym setups.
“We talk about it all the time [in my classes], the combination of physical, mental and emotional health,” he said. “Keep in touch with friends and family and staying physically active is important. Working out is such a great release.”.....
Bethany`s Notes: It`s not just athletes who feel the loss of a season....it is all the support staff as well. Keep active, and connect in some way with others (facetime, snail mail, etc...).
1.Control the controllables
2.Be mindful of the information that you consume
3.Feel your feelings
4.Reframe change as opportunity
5.Seek professional support when needed...more
Bethany`s Notes: The article does a good job of going into more detail about the above recommendations. There are some good tips here that will help anyone while experiencing the uncertainties of these times.
...."For the immediate future, our normal way of life must adjust to unprecedented circumstances. None of us are immune to the impacts of COVID-19," the letter read. ...more
Bethany`s Notes: Not much is known about what will happen this summer. Will the Olympics occur? How will countries select their qualifiers? I, for one, hope they happen, perhaps more than anything to bring the world back together again and enjoy competition of sport. Many of us have had to cancel our spring seasons and this would be a way to start the fall season strong.
....Quite often athletes find themselves in a mental environment that is not conducive to mindfulness. Analyzing past performances can create a mindset of judgement and resistance. Having a focus on outcomes often creates a situation where athletes grasp for more never allowing themselves to enjoy of the present moment....
....Focusing on future events creates grasping and paying too much attention to the past can create attachment which in turn may create feelings of discontent and regret. These emotions can play havoc on an athlete’s mental health.
In contrast when your awareness is on the present it allows you to notice things that create feelings of gratitude and engagement.....
Notes: Have you tried mindfulness as a technique for sport? How has it worked for? What techniques have been beneficial? Please share with me your experiences.
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Brewster just recently completed her Master`s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is interested in applying systemic therapies in team and individual settings. Players are often not only competing with other teams, they also compete with each other for positions, playing time, and, in some cases, scholarship money. These unique team circumstances can lead to conflict within and among team members, including the coaching staff. The need for more information on mental health is essential for both coaches and athletes. This website provides a gathering of information and resources to help serve the sports community.
Brewster is the current cross country/track and field coach for Edgewood College, located in Madison, Wisconsin. A highly decorated student-athlete while at the University of Wisconsin, Brewster has a total of 11 Big Ten championships to her credit. She was an All-American selection six times during her career. Post collegiately, she competed in the 1500m at the 2004 Summer Olympic Trails in Sacramento, CA. Brewster is a USATF Level 1 and 2 certified coach.