...According to Bindra, the conversation on mental health support for athletes is still filled with inaccuracies. "The big one is that athletes are termed superhuman, who have to be perfect. Yet, they are incredibly vulnerable. There are many red flags. It`s in the nature of sport that you are constantly dealing with pressure and failure. If you are a competitive sportsperson, you have constant travel that disturbs your sleep cycles and inadequate recovery which in turn could lead to mental health issues. And you face it on a daily basis. That in turn leads to expectations and pressure that somehow need to be channeled," he says......
.....In a perfect world Bindra would want there to be more balance in the way Indian athletes approach sport - not the all-or-nothing view that dominates currently. "The foundation of performing under pressure is balance. It`s not some kind of killer instinct or some great ability to handle psychological pressure. It comes from how you are balanced in life. One of the greatest errors athletes make is when their self-worth is determined by where your name appears on the medal list. It`s not a sustainable way to go through a sporting journey or even have a sustainable path to sporting success."........more
Bethany`s Notes: When you are an athlete you are in the spotlight. When you fail and fall short your are criticized. Some people may have the courage to rise on their own, others may need a helping hand.
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