.....“For our athletes we’re asking them not to have a balanced life — were asking them to focus on one area and that really is a setup for ongoing burnout,” Ale says.
Elite level athletes may find their sport more than a full-time job, Jagim says, with “every decision you make throughout the day likely (to) revolve around” how it will affect performance. But the pressure can exacerbate existing mental health issues, or even cause them to develop, as physical training can manifest into psychological distress. With the expectation of athletes to be strong, ready and focused at every competition, there can be a perception of debility in admitting everything isn’t OK.....
.....A study of elite male athletes, published by Sports Med Open in 2018, notes, “The physical and psychological demands placed upon them by the sporting environment may predispose athletes to developing depression. As an athlete’s symptoms of mental illness intensify, their performance can be negatively affected leaving them vulnerable and exposed to further symptoms of common mental disorders.”........more
Bethany`s Notes: How can we continue to provide a holistic student athlete experience for those at some of the highest levels in both high school and college?
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