All Titles For 2018

Gain A Mental EDGE camp

Bethany`s Notes: Consider registering for this camp as a unique experience to help you gain a Mental EDGE in sport and in life.
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About Beyond the Outcome
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How Sports Affects Our Long Term Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: A short article understanding that all of us at one time or another have had a negative experience with a coach. What coaches need to hear is that we need to help build up and teach skills and character.
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Sports Football There May Be a Surprising Link Between Depression and Concussions in Kids Who Play Football

Bethany`s Notes: We know the answer to the question do concussions potentially lead to brain injuries later in life and possible mental illness. What this new research studies is whether kids who have depression are at a higher risk of suffering a concussion while playing football?
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Skater Gabrielle Daleman opens up about mental health

Bethany`s Notes: A brief article about Canadian ice skater Gabrielle Daleman and her personal sharing of dealing with mental health issues.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 52 Date: 12/28/2018 3:43:56 PM

NFL’s First In-House Therapist Tackles Mental Health Stigma in Pro Football

Bethany`s Notes: The first full-time in house therapist has the first season almost under her belt. See what her experiences are like and what area is off limits to her based on her own limitations.
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New England Patriots` Josh Gordon to take `mental health break.` Here`s why he`s not the only elite athlete to need one.

Bethany`s Notes: Somewhat older news as this came out last week but still relevant as it showcases that everyone needs a break sometimes to focus on their mental health and get things back in line with their beliefs and values.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 52 Date: 12/28/2018 3:19:48 PM

Resolve to Laugh More in 2019

Bethany`s Notes: Triathlon recommends you laugh just a bit more in 2019. Perhaps you can use some of their hilarious ideas of how `not` to train!
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Study: Division I college athletes outpace student peers in mental health

Bethany`s Notes: An interesting study that definitely deserves follow-up. Because I am in the local area and know that UW student-athletes are well taken care of I would be interested in studies done at smaller DI institutions as well to see if the results are similar.
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Is video game addiction real? Former players, statistics say yes

Bethany`s Notes: It is only appropriate that I highlight this article as esports is a real thing at college across America. Addiction is possible in all sports. It becomes less about fun, enjoyment, and doing your best and more about winning or losing.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 50 Date: 12/14/2018 1:12:19 PM

UK Sport strengthens mental health support for elite sport – appoints special panel and first mental health lead

Bethany`s Notes: The UK continues to ramp up mental health support to the best athletes. Hopefully other countries continue to follow.
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The surprising role of childhood trauma in athletic success

Bethany`s Notes: Do you need a form of trauma in your life to have a higher success rate as an athlete? This is a very interesting read. The last paragraph puts it best...provide a challenging and supportive environment where athletes can experience success and failure yet still feel supported.
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Florida lacrosse player Makenzie Mason: `I have to keep fighting`

Bethany`s Notes: Another personal story everyone should read. If you have never experienced depression but have friends or family who have this gives you a better understanding why it is so hard to reach out.
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Winning the Mental Game

Bethany`s Notes: Some experiences from current student athletes and what they do to make sure they are keeping their mental health in check.
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NCAA coach`s advice to parents: You need to let your kids fail

Bethany`s Notes: Notes from legendary coaches and how sports have changed over the past few decades. A great read for parents, coaches, and athletes.
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Secret cost of being an athlete

Bethany`s Notes: Former Olympic athletes talk about life after sports. They discuss how to ask the tough questions and how to re-prioritize your life after retirement from elite sports.
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Kevin Dooney: I’m in a better frame of mind to cope with mental health challenges

Bethany`s Notes: A Q&A with Irishman Kevin Dooney on his mental health struggles and the upcoming season.
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Penn State men`s tennis Chris Kuhnle returns to sport after mental self-care journe

Bethany`s Notes: Sometimes you need a break to fully understand what you love and why you play. That break can allow you to sometimes come back even stronger.
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Talent. A Football Scholarship. Then Crushing Depression.

Bethany`s Notes: The real and honest story about Isaiah Renfro.
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Lord family`s mission to promote safety in sports continues

Bethany`s Notes: The story of how a family member continues a memory of hard work and determination in the face of tragedy. The family hopes for continued awareness for all youth players in any sport.
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5 Keys for a Strong Transition From High School Sports to College Athlete

Bethany`s Notes: Tips on how to make the transition from HS to college more manageable. I believe #5 might be the most important: Remember why you started your sport. When you feel overwhelmed and uncertain how to proceed go back to the basics...your love for the sport.
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5 Ways Science Proves Kindness Is Good For Your Health

Bethany`s Notes: In the spirit of the month of November let`s take a moment and remember how important it is to be kind to one another. Being kind can help someone you don`t even know who might be going through a tough time. There are plenty of ways that being kind to another person can help YOU!
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Where Are the Women in Sports Science Research?

Bethany`s Notes: Although this is not specifically mental health related it does apply to how we treat men and women as athletes. Most of the research is based on men and how their bodies respond....does this apply to mental health as well?
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The Scary Health Condition That All Former Athletes Need To Know About

Bethany`s Notes: What was once recently thought to only affect women also affects men. It is not something we will think of as parents, athletes or coaches but something we should be aware of and talk about.
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Depression is Not a Weakness: Olympian Sarah True, Other Athletes Open Up About Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: Sarah True gives some tips for dealing with depression while being an athlete at the end of this honest article. Read her experience and those of others.
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College Sports’ Newest Need: Psychologists

Bethany`s Notes: Another personal experience by a former runner at Indiana University. College is challenging and being a student athlete has even more challenges. How are we going to tackle these issues?
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Student-athletes see disconnect on mental health

Bethany`s Notes: Experiences from real students. How do we allow athletes to be honest about what they are struggling with but still keep the competition important and real?
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Kate Fagan talks perfectionism in college athletics

Bethany`s Notes: Another great read by Kate Fagan. Everyone is different and needs different feedback and support and realistic expectations.
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Boost Your Brain: Make Running Your Therapy

Bethany`s Notes: Get out there and run! Check out the book "Running is My Therapy by Scott Douglas and find the long term mental health benefits of this lifelong sport that you can do with others or alone.
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High stress, job insecurity and unrealistic expectations put football managers at risk of mental health problems

Bethany`s Notes: I find it interesting that the job security for a coach, manager and other leaders in elite sports is based on pretty much outcome alone. What a stressful situation no only for those individuals but also for the families as well. Is there another criteria that might be helpful here? Or where do we send these individuals to get additional help they might need to deal with the pressure and anxiety they face?
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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Tips for athletes

Bethany`s Notes: A great read for all athletes at any level. You are in control of your own mental health. Keep your dreams alive and also know when to ask for help.
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Urban Meyer, Ohio State, And The Emphasis Of Mental Health In Sports

Bethany`s Notes: Are you taking time to have your athletes check-in with one another and see how they can support one another? Take the time and make mental health a priority for your team
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Athlete-Moms Face Mental Hurdles to Return to Competition

Bethany`s Notes: Another barrier for women to face in elite sport. There is a lot of transition and change for moms let alone for elite athletes who give birth and become a mom. This is a good insight into that world.
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Athlete anorexia highlighted by Olympian Colin Jackson

Bethany`s Notes: Men talking and expressing their real experiences regarding mental health and the toll it has taken on their lives. We need more men to step up and talk about their experiences.
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Pros and Cons of Being a Student-Athlete

Bethany`s Notes: A current student athlete`s insight on the pros and cons of being a student athlete.
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The art of de-stressing: VCU class gives student athletes a creative outlet

Bethany`s Notes: Taking an art class that can help individuals focus on mental health is a great idea. Here is a professor helping student athletes and their need for a break...to take time out and just enjoy a class and be creative...not feeling the need to be `on`. Props to this professor.
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Greentown-native awarded NCAA Research Committee Scholar Award

Bethany`s Notes: A story of a former athlete giving back. Bethany has went through many struggles on her own and she wants to help others develop as much as possible as well.
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GB Sport announces radical mental health plan

Bethany`s Notes: Exciting to see how both Canada and the UK have really stepped up the support for elite athletes. There are a lot of former Olympicans in America that hope our country will do the same thing. How are we supporting the best of the best before, during, and after Olympic competition.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 41 Date: 10/12/2018 11:59:38 AM

Athletics to hold mental health training

Bethany`s Notes: A new program at Washington State University will better help student athletes with coping skills and help to refer friends who might need help. What a great idea!
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Lanesha Reagan on World Mental Health Day: After the hashtags, are you ready to listen?

Bethany`s Notes: A great article by a form Oregon State volleyball player who speaks openly and honestly about her experiences. There are so many changes in college and also post college. Transitions are hard and it`s okay to ask for support.
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Former football player speaks to students about mental health, drugs

Bethany`s Notes: When sports alone becomes your identity it is hard to find yourself when it is stripped away. Clarett exposes himself honestly and works to help the younger generation get help sooner.
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Gracie Gold gets real about mental health issues, plans return to Olympics

Bethany`s Notes: Gracie Gold looks to compete again after a working through mental health issues for the past 2 years. She talked briefly about her experience and how she starts her day.
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First-of-its-kind study analyzes effects of video games on brain and body

Bethany`s Notes: Since eports is a thing and colleges are giving scholarships to kids to play this it is only appropriate that I add this to the ever growing list of mental health concerns. New research will hopefully show the impact gaming has on the brain.
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Addressing mental health, Panthers hire Director of Player Wellness

Bethany`s Notes: Very cool to see the Panthers hiring a full-time mental wellness therapist. I see this as an ever growing field for mental health professionals.
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Statistics show uptick in stress levels for first-year athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Why do you think students feel less confident about juggling both academic and athletic responsibilities? Are they less equipped? Unsure how to balance them? Any thoughts or feedback from you would be appreciated!
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‘I don’t want them to think they’re ever alone’: How Penn State promotes mental health among its student-athletes

Bethany`s Notes: It`s incredible to see a coach step up and be vulnerable with his team at such a high level. Glad to see Coach Cooper is honest with his team about his struggles with depression.
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BVU Student-Athletes Push for Mental Health Literacy on Campus

Bethany`s Notes: Read this article and see how one student relates meditation to a washing machine. Good analogy!
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The Best Coach In College Sports Might Be a Psychologist

Bethany`s Notes: In case you missed last week`s article about the research study here is another look at it from the researcher himself. Find all the details right here.
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Mental health should receive the same attention as physical injuries in professional sports

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Mental health should receive the same attention as physical injuries in professional sports

Bethany`s Notes: An opinion article on how the NHL treats mental health.
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HomeOther CU sportsStory CU Buffs athletics, student group, working to make impact in mental health

Bethany`s Notes: What a great opportunity for an educational experience after being encouraged by a professor. Now even more action has taken place and groups have been created at CU
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`F.L.Y.` Movement encourages student athletes to talk about body image

Bethany`s Notes: A great opportunity in the East Coast for schools to bring in a group to do a workshop on body image.
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New Zealand sport `playing Russian roulette` with athletes` welfare, says NZAF boss Roger Mortimer

Bethany`s Notes: A reality in many countries regarding Olympic athletes. Their experience after retiring is difficult because they have identified with their sport for such a long period of time.
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Yelled at, spit on and insulted: Inside the life of an NBA ref

Bethany`s Notes: What a great read on how refs experience the game and how they need to rehearse positive self talk among all the other negative things they constantly hear. Remember the pressure is felt by both the players, coaches, and referees.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 38 Date: 9/20/2018 12:23:51 PM

CBT Can Help Elite Athletes Manage Stress

Bethany`s Notes: Great new research is out on how CBT can help athletes perform better.
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USOC must do more to help retiring athletes: Phelps

Bethany`s Notes: Michael Phelps speaks out again about the need for more support for retired Olympic athletes. He recently participated in a documentary entitled "The Weight of Gold" which exams the issues of mental health and Olympic athletes
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Ten commandments for youth sports coaches

Bethany`s Notes: A recommended read for all coaches and parents of kids in sports.
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Mayo players left panel due to ‘impact on mental health’

Bethany`s Notes: Team from around the world are dealing with mental health concerns. This can come from circumstances inside or outside the team itself.
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Dickmeyer ’19 Develops Mental Health Wellness Class

Bethany`s Notes: A course designed by a student for students. This is a great way to continue and open up more about mental health.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 37 Date: 9/13/2018 2:12:47 PM

Mental Health for College Athletes – Ways to Focus on Mental Wellness

Bethany`s Notes: Swim Swam provides some ways to address your mental health as an athlete. Take note as these will require you to prioritize YOU.
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New centre gives elite athletes the tailored mental health support they need

Bethany`s Notes: The world`s second center specifically dedicated to supporting elite athletes that might struggle with mental health. Sweden built the first one in 2015 and now a place in Canada, set to focus on the same type of thing, has just opened.
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Taking off the mask

Bethany`s Notes: Another story from the north of us. It`s important to know that you can take your mask off. You can feel how your feel and do not need to apologize for it.
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4 Things Every Coach, Parent, or Female Athlete Should Know About Running and Puberty

Bethany`s Notes: This is a critical read on how to talk to female runners as their body changes with puberty. It gives some quick tips and guidelines to follow.
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SEC Champion Maddy Banic Opens Up About Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: Even the best of the best struggle with mental health. Sometimes it takes time to figure out what will work for a person. Banic also discusses the NCAA rules surrounding a student withdrawing from school and how it is challenging for circumstances surrounding mental health.
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`It`s giving me hope`: Johnston player uses football, his coaches` help to fight his battle with depression

Bethany`s Notes: A great story on a student who had coaches put the student athlete first at the high school level. This story is key in what should happen when a student reaches out for help.
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The College Program That De-Stigmatizes Mental Health Care in Sports

Bethany`s Notes: A very good read. I would highly recommend a support team approach. No one person (therapist, coach, teammates, parents, etc..) should address this issue alone. I believe getting everyone on board to find ways to support an individual through the challenges of mental illness can be the best approach.
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Tackling the issue of mental health in sports

Bethany`s Notes: Our society has a constant concern about how other people view us. Do we look weak or strong? Are we good enough or the best? Instead perhaps we should be looking at effort and learning from our experiences.
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Athletes are opening up. What’s next?

Bethany`s Notes: We have seen more athletes open up in the past year about mental health issues than ever before. The more we talk the easier it will be for everyone to be honest and confront the issues. You can be competitive and want to win and still have feelings.
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Editorial | Hiring Andrea Wieland is a laudable step in Penn Athletics` approach to mental health

Bethany`s Notes: More need are being met by making the mental health of student athletes a priority. I am encouraged that more institutions are getting on board and providing outlets for students.
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UNCG Student-Athletes and Mental Health: Part One

Bethany`s Notes: Props to UNCG for bringing support and more access to their student athletes. This will continue to be a focus for more and more institutions.
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How To Coach While Considering the Changing Athlete Mentality

Bethany`s Notes: A great article on how to help coaches learn how to coach this newer athlete mentality. How do you push your athletes to get the best out of them without them feeling overwhelmed?
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Could the future edge in college sports be mental wellness?

Bethany`s Notes: This TOPPS programs created special counseling sessions for student athletes. The results suggest that this may be the future of counseling student athletes in mental health.
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Athletes Share Their Mental Health Coping Strategies

Bethany`s Notes: 5 elite athletes share their experience on their struggles with mental illness and give encouragement to those who are seeking help.
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Australia enlists soldiers in drive for Olympic gold

Bethany`s Notes: Hmmm....this is interesting. Anyone have their own thoughts to share with me on this? An advantage? I guess we will see in 2020.
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How the training staff keeps athletes going

Bethany`s Notes: Athletic trainers are there for the safety of all the athletes. Their job is endless and they can end up being the person an athlete goes to for help. If you work with one, either as a coach or athlete, thank them for the work they do day in and day out.
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Former NHL players team up to break down mental health barriers for young athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Another great group of individuals to the north of us discussing the topics of mental health in sports.
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The Category To Watch: Mental Health And Wellness With Athletes…

Bethany`s Notes: This is certainly a hot topic right now. Let`s hope it continues in the right direction to help reduce the stigma of mental health and encourage hope and change.
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What are the sleeping habits of exceptional athletes?

Bethany`s Notes: yes, certainly one could view this just as an advertisement for a specific mattress but than you would be missing the point which would be that quality sleep is an essential and necessary part of recovery. How many hours are you getting? I typically get around 8.5-9 a night! Make it a priority!
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Steve Smith Sr.: My personal battle with depression

Bethany`s Notes: Another male coming forward with his story of depression and being unsure how to handle his emotions. A good read on how to perhaps understand your thoughts and feelings on the inside and how to challenge them.
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`I was just so stuck in that mindset`: Young Kiwi athletes running on empty

Bethany`s Notes: Another great article on the need to fuel properly and the problems that can potentially happen when one doesn`t. A good read from a former elite athlete still working through the mental and physical side of her eating disorder.
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Sports and Health

Bethany`s Notes: A 50 min podcast on when sports can be helpful but also when they can be too much.
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Nevada women`s basketball adds a focus on mental health this offseason

Bethany`s Notes: A great move for women`s basketball at Nevada. There are many ways to get extra information to student athletes so they have the right tools and know where to go if they need help.
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Vandals athletes sought transfer, reported a rape. They say U of I and Rob Spear failed them.

Bethany`s Notes: A very strong read about the desires of a student to achieve their best and stopped by someone in her path. I use this as a story to help others understand how collegiate athletics can become mentally drained fighting a system. The transfer rules have changed but this is a tough story to read.
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Headspace launches campaign for young men`s mental health

Bethany`s Notes: A great initiative taken in Australia to promote the importance of mental health for young men. It`s critical both men and women feel able to reach out for help when they need it and not brush it off.
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Duke Launches Integrative Performance Excellence Group

Bethany`s Notes: Duke launches a new program for all their student athletes. It`s great to see institutions looking at both mental and physical health and putting resources into both.
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This Fresno State campaign is promoting mental health awareness among athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Being brave and strong is asking for help when you need it. Watch the video and see how Fresno State is helping their student athletes remove the stigma of reaching out.
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Andy Murray Just Scored An Ace For Men`s Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: It`s rare to see athletes cry, let alone male athletes. Certainly they were perhaps tears of joy but perhaps also tears of relief. No matter what they were it is a statement that men can and will cry and it is okay.
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Women`s hockey player starts up UBC mental-health website aimed at athletes

Bethany`s Notes: A great resources started by teammates after a tragedy. The more we talk about mental health the more we know and can feel comfortable to reach out.
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Former college football player pushes mental health awareness among UM student athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Athletes need to know there is an outlet and a place to go to reveal their weaknesses. It`s challenging to be at the highest level in sport and admit you might need help.
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How Gaining Weight Made This Elite Runner Faster Than Ever

Bethany`s Notes: Everyone`s body is different and each person has different caloric needs. As an athlete it`s hard to only eat healthy all the time to get the necessary caloric intake. Some words of advice: Eat what you know you should eat (proteins, carbs, fats, etc..), if you are still hungry go ahead at eat that cookie or two. Your body is an engine and it needs fuel to perform.
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Q&A: Dr. Lisa Post on digital mental health resources for athletes

Bethany`s Notes: A discussion about how digital mental health is used for all incoming student athletes at Stanford University.
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The power of asking for help: Former Oregon Ducks lineman Zach Okun on his battle with mental health

Bethany`s Notes: Are you as a coach or parent ready to have that hard conversation if necessary? Should they still be playing competitive sports at the elite level? We need to put the priority of the person first to a make sure they are making healthy choices for their life long term.
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Sharni Layton encourages mental health discussion after announcing netball retirement

Bethany`s Notes: No matter what the sport is all athletes sometimes face mental health challenges. I think it`s health when an athlete can look back at their career and view it as a good run knowing they had achieved many of their dreams and goals.
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Athletes’ struggles with mental health issues mirror society

Bethany`s Notes: Another suicide recently by a former elite athlete. The word is getting out and more people are willing to be more open about their experiences. Let`s continue to share our stories so others know they are not alone.
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Are Concussions Tougher on Athletes with ADHD?

Bethany`s Notes: Another piece of relevant information for parents and coaches out there....certainly this does not prove a cause and effect relationship but definitely a correlation.
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Montana teens organize to prevent suicides

Bethany`s Notes: Teens are getting involved to help their peers. This is a great example how one community rallied to spread the work about suicide awareness.
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A Former Athlete Reflects on His Role in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Bethany`s Notes: Although you can`t change your past you can self reflect and change the future. An insightful article on how one individual feels he may have contributed to CTE.
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Smartphone apps links patients to mental health professionals

Bethany`s Notes: Out of Canada comes the VictoryLab, a way to connect students to mental health professionals through a smartphone. I have yet to test it but it appears to be a work in progress. New ideas on addressing mental health needs happen regularly these days. Hopefully we see some success with them.
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Like too many, Andi Boe tore her ACL — this is how she returned: Part I

Bethany`s Notes: Part one of a real story about the experiences of an ACL injury...the operation, setbacks, mental and physical challenges. I utilized the quote above to show her real self....the ideas we have in our minds about others and their experiences. Why is it a pet peeve of hers when other athletes go down crying and screaming and then come back later in the game? Do we view them as weak? Less than? Not tough enough? Do we need to change that mentality? Or perhaps as a coach we need to be more aware of how we respond to those on our team and other teams when injuries happen.
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Q&A: William Land, UTSA Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to TumblrShar

Bethany`s Notes: A good reminder that mental skills and strategies can be learned in order to perform at the highest level. This can be applied to many different aspects of life..not just sports.
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Ravens Rookie Hayden Hurst Opens Up About Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: Looks to hear more from Hayden and his focus on being open and honest about mental health struggles. He moves into the NFL this year after a unique career starting out with baseball and moving to football.
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Out to squash stigma, Clemson invests in athletes` mental health

Bethany`s Notes: More and more institutions are putting a focus on the mental health of student athletes. Glad to see Clemson taking a huge step here. All coaches in their athletic department will be required to attend a meeting to help coaches better understand how to have conversations and how to refer a student for additional help.
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Andi Boe, Part II: When an athlete goes down

Bethany`s Notes: Part two of Andi Boe`s rehab story. Overall I think this story is very well put together and real. I love how Andi is honest with her feelings. Perhaps in this situation teaching a student mindful self-compassion would help especially during the early stages of rehab.
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Grip on Sports: CTE and the death of a young athlete

Bethany`s Notes: A good question...is anyone safe? What makes someone less susceptible to CTE? I think most of us thought the position a athlete played but perhaps there is more. The information and research on CTE is ongoing and interesting to follow.
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Blue Jays putting emphasis on mental performance throughout organization

Bethany`s Notes: The Blue Jays are focusing on an important aspect and basically making it a requirement for all the guys on their team. It starts right away after the draft and continues throughout their career...a focus on mental health and mindfulness.
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‘It was the worst two years of my life’: North Melbourne’s Todd Goldstein on On the Mark

Bethany`s Notes: Another personal story from an Australian football player. Understanding how important it is to reach out when you need help is the first step to realizing you are not alone. Once you reach out you can be validated that your feelings and experiences are real and you can take steps to work through the challenges you are facing.
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How Physical Injuries Affect Your Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: Injuries can definitely impact your mental health. This can be the case for a daily exerciser all the way to an elite athlete. When you can`t do something you want to do it can put you in a sour mood. If you need help reach out....
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The NBPA`s First Mental Health Director Has an Ambitious Plan for the Future

Bethany`s Notes: It`s taken a good 6 years since Royce White`s conflict with the NBA. Finally, the NBA has a Director of Mental Health. This articles outlines the four top priorities for Dr. William Parham as he seeks to rewrite how professional sports view mental health. Will the other professional sport teams follow??
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Shouts from the Stands: The Reality of Athlete Burnout

Bethany`s Notes: Know the signs of burnout. Pay close attention. No one wants to leave a sport they love too early. Your body knows when it is enough...listen to it.
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A Biography Charts an Odysseus Sidelined by Mental Illness

Bethany`s Notes: A new read about an elite athlete and his struggle with being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in college. The author takes us through Hall`s brain trying just to get a snapshot of his experiences. If you are looking for a new book this might just be the one.
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How to address mental health through sport

Bethany`s Notes: Teaching mental health techniques and programs may be critical during the adolescent age for a higher mental health well-being. What ways are you implementing meditation or other forms of mental health strategies into your team or your training?
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From mental illness to basketball success: Tall Ferns star`s remarkable journey

Bethany`s Notes: This is a MUST read. Davidson`s story is remarkable. Her ability to persevere in the midst of her mental illness showcases her ability to manage what many think impossible. She credits having a good support system around her which greatly helped dealing with the high`s and low`s.
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Combating gaming disorder in collegiate gamers

Bethany`s Notes: If you haven`t heard the World Health Organization added `gaming disorder` to it`s list of mental disorders. Currently there are over 60 colleges and universities that have recognized esports programs. So what are your thoughts? Do you think this is an addiction like any other addiction? Is it different than perhaps a `sports` addiction?
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Mindstrong Adds $15M for Tech That Predicts Mental Health Changes

Bethany`s Notes: Potentially technology can help with a lot of things. Is this going to far? Do we think technology can really access a person`s mental health if they are typing a text message slower? I added this article because I believe there is a point where technology is NOT better than face-to-face honest interaction.
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Exam pressure sent me into a downward spiral – I don`t want other children`s mental health to suffer

Bethany`s Notes: Although not specifically related to athletics it is very relevant material to how students at the high school and college are feeling....the need to always be the best at everything. We need to be okay with praising effort and not outcome...giving feedback that states, Wow..I can see you worked so hard on that project (no matter what the grade, score, or outcome is if it is evident the student put in the work).
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How Penn can better care for its student-athletes

Bethany`s Notes: I post these articles to let the voice of student athletes be heard. This is their personal experience whether you agree or not it is important to highlight how they are experiencing college life. Are you putting the pressure on?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 24 Date: 6/14/2018 2:44:25 PM

NCAA Harmfully Takes Away Student-Athletes` Guaranteed Weekly Day Off

Bethany`s Notes: While I have not dug deeply into this new rule change it is an interesting one giving the possible outcome of going 24 days straight without a day off. I`m not sure why the proposal occurred but I hope all side of the proposal were discussed with some of the students this will impact.
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Youth sport superspecialization: A path to injuries, burnout

Bethany`s Notes: Sports specialization is not always best for athletes..most likely it is not good. Some of the best professional athletes played many different types of sports in HS to train different muscle groups. The recommendation here is weekly hours spent on sport should not exceed an athletes age.
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Sleep paralysis and hallucinations are prevalent in student athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Here`s to you academics who love studies and peer reviewed academic articles. If you were a student athlete at the college level did you ever experience dream-like hallucinations? A must read to remind students how critical sleep is to their performance.
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Marshall wants to deliver a worthy 2nd act

Bethany`s Notes: A thought provoking article. Does your past predict the future? Are people willing to change? Are people willing to give others a second chance despite their past struggles?
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MU soccer, lacrosse stars create program combating mental health stigma

Bethany`s Notes: Another school making a difference in helping connect student with resources. I love that once again this is student led. Students are more willing to speak out about their needs.
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Runners spread awarness about eating disorders in their sport

Bethany`s Notes: A great article about people telling their true stories and experiences with eating disorders. Check out their site and hear from many different athletes who have struggled with eating disorders.
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Mentally Tough: A group of Oregon athletes is trying to normalize mental health conversations in athletics through their campaign, “Duck The Stigma.

Bethany`s Notes: Great to see the students at Oregon reaching out and working on addressing the stigma of mental health. This is a good read and highlights a few different student athletes and their experiences.
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Diving into the unknown, student athlete proves the merits of hard work

Bethany`s Notes: I cannot put this video into words. It is incredible and reminds us that we can all learn from failure or something we are not good at. So I challenge you this summer to learn how to fail well. Try something new that you are not good at and remember that consistent practice and hard work can make you better. What will I be tackling this summer....learning how to skateboard.
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Family of Tyler Hilinski works to reduce stigma over mental illness after WSU QB`s suicide

Bethany`s Notes: As a reminder of Tyler Hilinski his family is finding ways to reduce the stigma around mental illness. Even if you don`t know him there may be someone around you who is struggling. Reach out and let them know you are there for them.
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Sport, fame, money and pressure a cocktail for mental illness

Bethany`s Notes: An article from New Zealand and how coaches are trying to create a more welcoming environment for those to discuss any mental health concerns. In addition, last year they created an initiative called HeadFirst which allows athletes to share their struggles.
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Bethany`s Notes: What is your view of masculinity? What does it look like to `man up`? How are you contributing to the negative culture and how are you changing the culture around what it means to be a man? Is being a `man` about what you do or perhaps more about your character...who you are?
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Niyo: Michigan athletes tackling mental health issues

Bethany`s Notes: An update from Athletes Connected. They are an organization looking to support the topic of support systems for athletic departments nationwide. Athletes are more likely to come forward with their concerns knowing they will not be penalized or called out within their team.
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Hockey: Depression consumed David Kettle, now he wants sport to do more

Bethany`s Notes: A solid read about David Kettle`s experience with depression. His quotes in the article are so spot on and depression feels like a spiral that very few people understand. He recommend a buddy system: talking with others who have gone through a similar situation and who can relate...who can communicate that it is okay not to be okay and where to seek help.
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Simple brain tricks Olympic gold medalist gymnast Fabian Hambüchen uses to build mental strength

Bethany`s Notes: This is a great read for those who want to focus on mental toughness. Some quick questions to ask yourself: Why do you do what you do? What is in your control? How do you talk to yourself? Utilize these tips to keep your confident and positive so you can get through the outcome whether good or bad.
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Campaign changes mental health conversations

Bethany`s Notes: A great campaign started by student athletes at Oregon State University has grained national attention, focusing on mental health. A good read as to how this campaign started and the future of the program.
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Columbia Hosts NCAA Mental Health Forum

Bethany`s Notes: A great Q &A session at Columbia University regarding mental athlete both for athletes, coaches, and other supporting roles. There are many people on board with the desire to help those who come forward. Coaches have a huge influence on making sure their athletes feel safe to come forward if they are dealing with a mental health problem.
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U.S. Athletes Need Better Mental Health Care

Bethany`s Notes: In a country that does not have direct government funding for sports (unlike Canada and the UK), how do you think US elite/professional athletes should receive help for mental illness? Should the governing association play a role? The USOC?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 20 Date: 5/18/2018 7:39:07 AM

NCCU SAAC Wins NCAA DI Mental Health Video Contest

Bethany`s Notes: Take a look at this video. It is a great reminder of the two sides that battle within. Internally you might know you need help but externally you feel the need to put on a brave face. Go seek help, you won`t regret it!
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Mindfulness Meditation Intervention with Male Collegiate Soccer Players: Effect on Stress and Various Aspects of Life

Bethany`s Notes: For those interested in academic research regarding mental health here is one on a six session meditation mindfulness intervention with a soccer team. The results suggest that suggest that mindfulness meditation training has the potential to be an effective approach to assisting athletes derive positive benefits on- and off-the court.
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Southeastern’s Dan Valerio proud to overcome mental health issues

Bethany`s Notes: Too much of a good thing can lead to burnout and depression. Talking with someone can be helpful. It is also important to find other things you enjoy in life to have a good balance.
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Olympic hockey champ warns of mental pressures for elite athletes

Bethany`s Notes: We talk a lot about retiring from sport and how challenging it is yet Richardson-Walsh reminds us of how hard it is to make sport your job, especially for someone at such a young age. It is a good read to remind us how critical the transition in and out of sport really challenges athletes.
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Fans ‘think we are superheroes’: Athletes move to forefront of mental health discussion

Bethany`s Notes: Dialogue is important...listen to others. Have an open door policy and if you are very concerned about someone report it or make a phone call to a counselor or crisis line right then and there. Do something to help show you care.
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Student-athlete panel says understanding of mental health is lacking

Bethany`s Notes: Another free expression from athletes at Bowdoin College on how they believe there must be more open and honest discussion surrounding mental health. How are you helping your students be more open and honest with you as a coach or as a teammate?
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NBA campaign addresses mental health and athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Looks like the NBA is finally getting on board to address some mental health needs expressed by the league`s athletes. NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West wrote a book entitled "West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life" SEVEN YEARS ago which detailed his struggles with depression and self-esteem. Glad to see the NBA is finally on board in getting help to those who need it.
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The Importance of Adopting a Hobby

Bethany`s Notes: If you were an athlete did you have a hobby outside of your sport? Did you find something to release your frustration or just shut your brain off for a bit? Personally, I found myself into making pies and canning (yes, as in jams, salsas, etc...). It was something that was relaxing and after much time produced something really good. Considering recommending your child or athlete find a new hobby just to explore.
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The Problems That Keep Urban Meyer Up at Night

Bethany`s Notes: Whether you are an Urban Meyer fan or not this is a good read. Real Life Wednesdays is a great opportunity for athletes at all levels better understand life after sports. Meyer brings in professionals at all levels (including former athletes) to help them better prepare for their future after sports.
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Former athlete calls for better oversight of VC Athletics

Bethany`s Notes: I share this story knowing that it is from the student-athlete`s point of view only. It is important for coaches to be able to self reflect and grow and learn from the experiences their athletes share. We can also continue to be better...
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How Madison Holleran`s death has shaped discussions around mental health in Ivy League athletics

Bethany`s Notes: If a book of Maddy`s life can help others work through mental health issues or make us more aware than many people should read it and a discussion should happen. If you haven`t read Katie Fagan`s book yet I would highly encourage you to do so.
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Former Wisconsin and NFL linebacker Chris Borland praises doctor for saving his life

Bethany`s Notes: News from right here in Madison and the important research that is being (and has been) done on CTE and concussions. So glad to see a UW grad being recognized for essential work in keeping our `heads` safe.
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Parenting coach tells how to raise kind kids

Bethany`s Notes: How are you helping athletes increase empathy? Are they capable of working through the ups and downs in sports and in life? As a coach or parent you play a critical role in helping a student development empathy and a growth mindset. Are you praising effort or outcome? Results or the journey of the process?
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Pro Athletes Destigmatize Mental Illness

Bethany`s Notes: From the viewpoint of a fan...sometimes we forget that those we look up to are also human and have inner struggles as well.
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Everyone Has a Story

Bethany`s Notes: Everyone is struggling with something...and if you are not perhaps you can be the listening ear for those who are struggling. Duke created a video to better help student athletes balance accountability and empathy. Perhaps this is something you can share with your team. Click on Empathy video (in the link) to watch it.
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Softball coaches hope NCAA vote quashes early recruiting

Bethany`s Notes: How much is early recruiting leading to signs of burnout, depression, and dislike for the sport a kid once loved? I like the fact that the NCAA is potentially making a move towards stricter recruiting limits. This is good for both the students and the college coaches. As a side note I had one school picked out my Junior year of HS and that changed May of my senior year of high school. College has to be the right fit for the student!
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When they play, they look invincible. But off the field, they struggle with mental health like anyone else

Bethany`s Notes: A great read from the local college newspaper. How we view athletes is not always how they see themselves. The outside face may not be exactly what they are feeling on the inside. The article talks about three different groups of student athletes and how a mental health issue might arise out of these groups.
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When injury strikes, players lose more than a team

Bethany`s Notes: How does a season ending injury affect a student athlete? How about a career ending injury? This article is a good read on how students view themselves post injury. It`s a very honest and true read of personal experiences. Is there a way to help our student athletes redefine themselves in addition to their sport? Who are they outside of their sport? What other activities do they like doing?
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Organization promotes mental health dialogue for students

Bethany`s Notes: The DMAX foundation helps to get the conversation started around mental health. Peer leaders learn to talk, listen, and handle minor emergencies and know when it is essential to refer to a professional counselor.
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Drugs and Depression among Student Athletes

Bethany`s Notes: What are ways we as coaches and supporters can provide other coping mechanisms? Certainly we can showcase the negative affect of drugs but perhaps we need to showcase other options for students such as mindfulness, meditation, walking, music, gratitude, reflection, etc. What are your ideas?
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On the Record: Kate Fagan

Bethany`s Notes: This is a brief Q&A with Kate Fagan a feature writer with ESPN. This article is insightful and a good short read. If you have time to read her book called `What Made Maddy Run` I would highly recommend it.
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UW athletics takes proactive approach to mental health

Bethany`s Notes: When a tragic death happens at a school within your state the whole state pays attention and finds ways to improve. That is the case with the University of Washington. After the death of Tyler Hilinski at WSU, the UW athletic department created ways to more deeply discuss mental health.
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121 : Keeping Your Mental Health On Track w/ Vince Sonson

Bethany`s Notes: This podcast is with the CEO and founder of Balance Position (a resource tool on my blog). Vince shares his story while playing football in college, and gives some thoughts on how to stay on track and what to do when you feel like you are falling off.
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Bridging sports and research: a look inside ASU`s Global Sport Institute

Bethany`s Notes: If you are in Phoenix next weekend get to this event! What a great way to to think about the future of sports and what the future might hold. The event is free and this research facility just opened in 2017 so it`s a great way to learn about the topics on the ground level.
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Athletic trainers address mental health concerns among student-athletes with yoga sessions

Bethany`s Notes: What a great option for students to do an activity together to address their mental health. I hope this continues and students and staff recognize the importance of having both a mentally and physically strong student athlete.
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Faster at a Cost

Bethany`s Notes: A good article on how males are not immune to having an eating disorder. Many times we don`t even see it coming. In addition, men have body image concerns too. As a coach of male athletes, certainly the men want to be better and so they see leanness as part of that piece but they are constantly shown very muscular men who are the `perfect guy`. Body image is a constant struggle for men more than I realized.
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CPS offers team of professionals for help with eating disorders

Bethany`s Notes: Although this does not specifically relate to athletes I think the multilevel approach to treating all individuals can be very helpful. It`s hard to have one component with out the other and still overcome and struggles. It`s critical to get everyone on board to help someone struggling with an eating disorder.
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Bethany`s Notes: Both Canada and the UK have made it is point to care for the `whole` athlete, especially at the highest level. Those governments fund athletes very differently than America. Will America follow suit?
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It Matters That This Pro Athlete Is Open About His Eating Disorder

Bethany`s Notes: Wow...another story on a male elite athlete struggling with an eating disorder. It`s encouraging that athletes are speaking up and sharing their story.
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Moving forward: Cougars start spring after Hilinski death

Bethany`s Notes: I love how this article reminds us that the death of an athlete in a college setting affects everyone in the department...not just one team. Washington State has made their way through the whole department addressing the needs of the coaches, student athletes, and other as well. It has also strengthened their focus on mental health
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Mental health action plan for elite athletes put in place by government

Bethany` Notes: Looks like the UK has taken an active role in helping the mental health of their elite athletes. Both Canada and UK have shown they are willing to help elite athletes with more than just their physical health. This is a great step in the right direction. Let`s hope other countries follow suit.
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Nike Embraces Meditation For Pro Athletes With Headspace Partnership

Bethany`s Notes: Nike is jumping on board and partnering with Headspace to give athletes an experience in mindfulness. This is a great opportunity for athletes of all abilities to learn some mental health skills. If you haven`t tried mindfulness before here is an opportunity to start. Those at the highest level have been doing a form a mindfulness for awhile now. It`s time to get on board.
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JOHN DOHERTY: Compassionate care cornerstone of athletic training treatment

Bethany`s Notes: Would you know the signs of mental illness as a coach, teammate, or parent? The more eyes on a team and its members the better for everyone involved. Have an open door policy for athletes to come by and talk about whatever is on their mind. Give them the freedom to share their thoughts...
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As health issues force Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to step away, he texts acting coach Larry Drew ‘It’s your show’

Bethany`s Notes: I`ve been waiting for the coaches to get in on this mental health self-care and it is finally happening. Or perhaps it is happening more openly in the media. Just like we preach to athletes to take care of themselves we need to do the same as coaches. As coaches we need to make sure we are living the example we preach...taking care of our mental, emotional, and physical well-being while we are in a stressful and demanding environment.
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Disordered Eating: Maintaining Mental and Physical Health at Union University

Bethany`s Notes: This article is not specifically about student athletes but it certainly applies. Disordered eating is a symptom to future eating disorders. If you have athletes who eat things in a certain way or do not eat certain types of food/food groups...it is time to educate them on food as fuel.
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`A Blessing and a Curse`

Bethany`s Notes: Northwestern has taken many different approaches to meet the mental health needs of their student athletes. They have counselors available (counseling and sports performance). They have a peer mentorship program as well to allow athlete to speak and confide in their peers. It`s encouraging to see how programs are making direct strides to help those who express a need.
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Everyone Is Going Through Something

Bethany`s Notes: If you haven`t read Kevin Love`s story check this article out. He is honest and open about his experience with mental health and panic attacks. Here is a guy who has a lot of great things going for him. Mental health issues can rock anyone`s world at anytime. It doesn`t discriminate and can hit you whenever, even if nothing appears wrong. Trust your gut if something doesn`t feel right and reach out for help.
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Paying it forward: Virginia Tech`s Cannon got help when he was in crisis — now he wants to aid others

Bethany`s Notes: The more stories the better. Austin shares his experience of `being tough` and how it pushed him to the brink. A series of events came crashing down and Austin just wanted release. Read his story and find ways to identify warning signs of suicide ideation.
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Personal Days Make Game Days Meaningful

Bethany`s Notes: I believe personal days are essential to being a balanced student-athlete. Looking back at my college career I can`t help but be very thankful that our coach had us meet for practice only 3 days a week and this was at the DI level (and we were good--4th as a team at NCAA`s my sophomore year). Those practice days were hard and our coach demanded a lot but we were able to run on our own Tuesday and Thursday. I`m very confident this led me to a much more balanced student-athlete experience.
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Societal stigma of mental illness grows among athlete

Bethany`s Notes: A great general opinion article about how the world of sports has been affected by mental health and how those at the top level have shared their story to help others. I believe continued stories like this will allow others to open up and get help when needed. Being strong is being honest when you need help.
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Great Resources
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For athletes like Andrea Bombace recovering from season-ending injuries, the mind matters

Bethany`s Notes: It is critical to identity athletes who may feel separated from the team due to an injury. Coaches feel the pain of their injured athletes yet must also focus on the current team who can compete. It can be a balancing act for a coach. Keeping an athlete engaged with their team while they cannot compete can be critical in the healing process for some athletes.
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`Coming Back Down`: How Olympian Allison Schmitt`s Post-Games Depression Inspired A Career Path

Bethany`s Notes: Another great reminder that the transition from elite sport to retirement can be challenging. It is important we start talking about other life goals with kids who have elite potential so they have a plan for another path if and when they leave sport be it by choice, by injury or by happenstance.
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Fabian Walsh shares battle with mental health

Bethany`s Notes: Sometimes mental health issues are not specifically related to a sport but rather something else. It`s easy to use sport as a way to get away and cover the hurt people are facing. The sooner one gets help the easier it is to start tearing down the barriers and realizing you are not alone.
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Chuck Norris laments retired athletes` biggest challenge

Bethany`s Notes: Elite athletes are just like you and me...they are human with good days and bad days. Many of them have to work additional jobs to pay for their living expenses. It`s hard to make the transition from elite sport to a career. Having a support group is critical for those leaving elite sport.
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Sasha Cohen: An Olympian’s Guide to Retiring at 25

Bethany`s Notes: As some Olympic athletes face their next decision (to continue to compete or retire) this article makes some suggestions to make the transition easier. Although it specifically talks about elite athletes the same could be said for those leaving HS to college who will not compete or those moving from college to post college. Create new goals and find a new sense of purpose. Learn to live the process without being defined by the results.
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Gambacorta changes student-athlete mental health stigma

Bethany`s Notes: Sometimes all you need to do is listen and let people know they are not in this alone. Many people may not be looking for an answer or advise but just someone who will hear them out. Are you willing to take time out of your day to just listen?
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CMU Students Encourage Healthy Body Image, Mental Health With Photo Shoot

Bethany`s Notes: Consider doing something like CMU did and allowing student-athletes to have a wall dedicated to saying that encourage postive body image self-talk. You could do this with almost any topic to keep the information relevant and regular.
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Female athlete health: conversation is only the start

Bethany`s Notes: Are we allowing ourselves to listen to our athletes and what their bodies say? Are we allowing them to push through when we need to tell them that`s enough? When do you find you are willing to listen and not just be heard?
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Potter’s Point of View: My Battle with Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: A great article by Emily Potter and describing her battle with mental health, specifically depression. Each individual story is unique and noteworthy. Each person that speaks out lessens the stigma behind mental health. Do you have an athlete who would like to speak out? I`m interested in hearing their story.
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Meditation Can Make You A Better Athlete: Here`s How & Why

Bethany`s Notes: Have you made mindfulness a part of your training plan? Are you training both the body and the mind in your practices? Just begin with something small like 3-5 min of time to focus on the upcoming practice. There are plenty of meditation tools out there to use just to get your started.
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Fredrickson: Eustachy investigation reminds us student-athletes need mental support

Bethany`s Notes: Coaches are the starting point for student athletes seeking help. If a coach is unavailable or dismisses mental health as being `weak` an athlete potentially fails to grow into their best self. How are you setting the tone for your team?
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#ItsOkayToNotBeOkay: Student athletes spread mental health awareness

Bethany`s Notes: The stigma still exists but it is slowing changing. The more elite and professional athletes admit their struggles the more it trickles down to college and high school athletes being able to share their story. The article recommends a `challenge board` to encourage individuals to be kind to others and step out of your comfort zone.
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What Happens When Your Figure Skating Career Ends?

Bethany`s Notes: I love seeing Rachel give back to the sport in a great way! Creating digital mental health tools that can help athletes address specific mental health challenges will be important as we move forward to better address mental health concerns in athletics.
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Early specialization for athletic success leads to injuries and other issues

Bethany`s Notes: If specialization isn`t good for the body physically it probably does not help mentally as well. Kids need a break and potentially a change in coaches once a in a while too.
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Why Isaiah Wilkins decided not to stay quiet when he struggles

Bethany`s Notes: A strong story from a NCAA athlete who is one of the best. There are good days and there are bad days. Surrounding yourself with great people can really help you through the bad days.
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State of Sport 2018: Half of retired sportspeople have concerns over mental and emotional wellbeing

Bethany`s Notes: Retirement after professional sports it challenging and the British sport organization is getting some feedback from former elite athletes. This article gives many examples of former elite athletes and how their loss of identity has changed them. A great read!
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Athletics: A Workout for the Mind

Bethany`s Notes: Train your brain just like you would train your body for it`s best performance. Keep things simple but also specific to your sport and environment. If you are not doing this yet you are missing out on a critical component to gain an edge.
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New technology helping athletes with mental game

Bethany`s Notes: A new training tool? What are your thoughts about this? Do you believe this will help condition the brain to perform better? Have you ever used this tool before?
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Mental support for players is as vital as physio, says ex-SFA chief

Bethany`s Notes: From across the water we hear from the Scottish football league that is is essential to help athletes important coping skills. We need to encourage athletes to find their identity in more than just sport...help them understand exactly what they value in life.
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How I`m coming out the other side of savage eating disorder

Bethany`s Notes: Sometimes our past can haunt us. Sometimes we don`t even know it`s coming back. Sometimes what was once fun becomes an unhealthy obsession. Do you know of someone like this? If so reach out to help them or refer them to seek help.
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Michael Jamieson: ‘Swimming has a problem. Micro-dosing is a huge issue’

Bethany`s Notes: Athletes need to be well rounded both at the youth level, the HS level, the college level and the professional level. Finding a passion outside of sport is important. Many young rising stars are potentially unaware of this and hear many opinions on how they need to stay focused and pursue their dream in sport potentially at the expense of their identity. Sports are awesome and fun yet at some point professional elite sports do come to an end and without another vision many will find themselves lost.
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SAMHI Changing Athletes Lives Through Their Campus Team Program

Bethany`s Notes: Another great article on mental health from the country to the north of us. They have over 15 institutions on board know who have gone through some sort of mental health training. Will we get the same opportunity?
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Varsity Club Distributes Book Focused on Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: Have you ever read a book with your team? I think the book distribution is a great idea but an after discussion should also occur. It`s important to help athletes digest it but then also discuss it.
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Sports Recognizing Mental Health Issues in Student Athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Let`s find ways to empower athletes to help their peers get help. The common theme right now is `you do you` but what if that leads a teammate down a dark road? Let`s encourage teammates to refer their friends who might be struggling and to not back down until they get help.
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Mental health matters every day of the year

Bethany`s Notes: Mental illness doesn`t care about what you have to do or what goals you are reaching for. It comes at a time when you least expect it and there is a good chance you may not even recognize it. Learn to know yourself, recognize the symptoms, and then reach out when you are struggling.
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Former UW alum, Olympic athlete says those feeling depressed need to talk about their feelings

Bethany`s Notes: Tell me what your experience was like in college. Did you struggle with the transition? Who if anyone did you reach out to? If you struggled but didn`t reach out, why? I`d love to hear your story or even write a story on you for my blog.
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Mental health issues affect athletes, too

Bethany`s Notes: More athletes speak out about their experiences. Certainly not all experiences are the same...some students have little to no difficulty managing the new college scene but for many it is the first time they have to make so many important decisions on their own. In addition, it is hard to admit when you are wrong or when you might need to reach out for help.
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Silence is wrong road to go down

Bethany`s Notes: Reaching out is hard at any age. It is important to be heard by someone. The recent suicides and suicide attempts are real in collegiate athletics. The hardest may be to help those who you know need help but who refuse help.
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Mental Health for Athletes Yoga and Meditation Class Series

Bethany`s Notes: This is the final class in a series of six classes designed for athletes to focus on self-compassion, self-judgment, and self-acceptance. If you missed the other ones you can find them if you click on the link above.
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`I`m An Olympic Figure Skater—Here`s What I Eat In A Day`

Bethany`s Notes: Fuel is essential to the body. Getting the right fuel in is important for strength. I`m glad to hear that some of the sports that typically have a higher risk associated with potential eating disorders may be changing to a new model that strong is in! Being strong means fueling properly!
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Body image a leading cause of stress for professional footballers

Bethany`s Notes: Body image for men is real. Many men feel the need to live up to the `male image`. It`s actually not much different than women yet it is less likely to be talked about. For the first time this past season I had a better understanding of how real this is for the males that I coach. If you coach men, talk to them about it. Get it in the open...
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Polls Store Reducing risk in sports: Sleep is essential for student-athlete success

Bethany`s Notes: This article goes into a bit more detail about how sleep is essential for a student athlete and the areas that are affected by a lack of sleep. It also provides some suggestions on how to get on a better sleep cycle.
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Effects of Early Sport Participation on Self-esteem and Happiness

Bethany`s Notes: This study was done to better under the relationship between self-esteem and happiness in sports participation prior to college. Many times I talk about the pressure of sports but overall sports is a great thing for everyone and can lead to some great attributes that are lifelong.
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Canoeing: Doping scandal worries public with 2020 on horizon

Bethany`s Notes: Don`t hear about doping in Japan...EVER! Lacing a competitor`s drink in order to get them banned is severe. There needs to be a place where athletes can open up about the pressure and stress they are feeling. Time for Japan to open up more about mental health and the reality that it is happening!
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Mental Health for Athletes: A Yoga Practice of Self-Acceptance

Bethany`s Notes: This is the final yoga class in a three part series helping athletes better understand self-compassion, self-judgement, and self-acceptance.
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Bethany`s Notes: This article is from a discussion panel that took place at the Mental Health Wellbeing Summit of Ireland. The article has great information that you can use in sports and in your daily life. Read through the top five topics and see how you can use them daily with your team!
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How Olympic hopefuls turned the ultimate disappointment into new dreams for 2018

Bethany`s Notes: Sometimes failure is what you need to prove your passion for something. Failure is a lesson that everyone should experience. It showcases your ability to work hard for a gold and also your motivations. These three individuals failed to make an Olympic berth in 2014...see if they make it in 2018.
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`It was eight years ago that I had fallen to a very low ebb` - Alan Quinlan on vital role sport plays in mental health

Bethany`s Notes: A great reminder of how far we have come but also how far we still need to go. Each country is different on how they have addressed the mental health needs of athletes. Let`s continue to talk and continue to share the truth behind our outward appearance.
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ESA encourages World Health Organization to reconsider `Gaming Disorder` classification

Bethany`s Notes: In case you missed it the WHO last week officially listed `Gaming Disorder` as an addictive behavior. Although still in the beta draft for the International Classification for Diseases in 2018, I`m interested in your thoughts. Is gaming a sport? They practice intensively, are dedicated and just like any other sport compete all over the world. How would you classify gaming?
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Ex-Lions QB helps men tackle mental health stigma

Bethany`s Notes: A great story about Eric Hipple and his struggle through mental illness including post retirement and the loss of his own son to suicide. Eric explains he took many avenues and finally found a way to put his energy into something that matters...getting individuals, especially men, to break through the thought patters that keep them from getting help for mental health concerns.
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Welcome / About Bethany
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