.....Her goal? Snap the age-old attitudes in sports that performance is all that matters have harmed how student-athletes are often treated. Dr. Barlow, who works with student-athletes, teams, and coaches to provide mental health support and performance coaching say this attitude is one of the main causes of struggling mental-health issues among student-athletes. “Performance and identity are not supposed to be tied, but the dynamic of sport has led to them being associated together.” Sais Dr. Barlow. “Sport is what you do, not who you are.”.....
.....Dr. Barlow says that her work focuses on letting athletes know that emotion is not weak, and that they are not defined by their results. Outside of reaching out for help, Dr. Barlow believes a great practice for athletes is to talk about their strengths. “By doing so, you become stronger. We have to be able to recognize what we are good at.” Other advice for prioritizing your mental health begins with self-awareness of your emotions, slowing down, and tuning in. Ask yourself how you are feeling and what you need, she says.........more
Bethany`s Notes: Wrapping performance and identity together can cause future mental health concerns. Finding ways to keep them separate and a daily reminder can be helpful.
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