....In an article for The Conversation researchers, Courtney Walton and Andrew Bennie, posed the crucial yet daunting question for athletes: “what’s next?” Walton and Bennie published another research paper in May 2021 exploring athletes’ mental health by interviewing 18 Australian athletes who had competed in the 2016 Rio Games. The study also found that athletes and their well-being receive less attention in the post-Olympic phase (POP).....
.....The study also noted that some athletes often do not have clear plans, or are often uncertain about whether to retire or continue competing, according to the study, that’s when difficulties emerge. One athlete is quoted saying:
"When you get home it`s really lonely [...] It`s quite depressing, and it is a little bit overwhelming, starting from square one again.".....more
Bethany Notes: Whether it be the Olympics, the NCAA championships, or the state meet how are we helping athletes with their post championship phase? Are we reminding them that they are more than their sport and sport is something they do and not who they are as people?
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