Recognizing and Battling the Mental Health “OPPONENT”
.....Following a disappointing race at Rio 2016, René Holten Poulsen continued to train hard. He was improving physically during the three years leading up to the 2019 World Championships, yet his times in competition were slower. Poulsen describes the incomprehension and frustration he felt through this difficult time, and what helped him get through it......
.....So, finally, I actually had an opponent. And from there, I started writing diaries, reading books, and working with a sports psychologist we have at Team Denmark. Writing the diary, and finding out what I felt, why I felt it, how it had affected me and how I felt about it, was a process that I went into just having to trust that, at some point, I was going to get out the other side. And I don’t know for sure if this is the reason why, but I just started feeling better and better......


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Bethany`s Notes: A rower from Denmark talks about the PTSD and trauma he experienced after the 2016 games and how it challenged him physically and emotionally the next 3 years.



- - Volume: 8 - WEEK: 42 Date: 10/17/2020 7:01:52 AM -