All Titles For 2020

About Beyond the Outcome
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 4 - Wk: 100 Date: 1/2/2021 6:29:48 AM

Student-Athletes Navigate Life without Sports

Bethany`s Notes: Student athletes thrive on larger goals...when there is no end in sight or finish line it is tough to stay motivated.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 51 Date: 12/18/2020 12:36:39 PM

Ian Thorpe reveals truth behind early retirement, mental health battle

Bethany`s Notes: An elite athlete`s wellbeing is critical to their success long term. More and more countries are providing services to younger elite athletes to help them through this process.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 51 Date: 12/18/2020 12:36:21 PM

Badgers at forefront of mindfulness training in collegiate athletics

Bethany`s Notes: I briefly shared this information when Chad was hired at UW but it appears it was a great hire at a critical time. Imagine if we all knew mindfulness techniques BEFORE COVID-19 happened. If you haven`t tried mindfulness in some way I recommend you consider trying it.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 51 Date: 12/18/2020 11:51:01 AM

How to Help Your Student Athlete Cope When COVID-19 Disrupts Their Season

Bethany`s Notes: A good read for parents with some suggestions and recommendations for how to help students work through the loss of sport during COVID-19. One of the hardest things for everyone during this time is our inability to problem solve...there is no easy fix and it will take time for sports to return to their normal.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 51 Date: 12/18/2020 11:37:22 AM

As teen suicides rock local sports communities, concerns grow over athletes` mental health

Bethany`s Notes: READ this article. Pay attention and use your time wisely. Engage with students and follow-up if you have concerns. Perhaps it is important to be more honest and openly discuss suicide with young students.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 51 Date: 12/18/2020 11:27:41 AM

Mental health programs at WSU become even more critical during COVID-19

Bethany`s Notes: A great video by student-athletes at WSU and how they are being helped and seeking the help they need during this challenging time.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 50 Date: 12/11/2020 2:28:14 PM

Penn Athletics teams use mental performance program to train during pandemic

Bethany`s Notes: Sounds like some pretty cool stuff being implemented at Penn University around mental performance.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 50 Date: 12/11/2020 2:15:00 PM

New Mexico prep athletes struggle with prospect of no sports

Bethany`s Notes: Athletes at all levels need sports for accountability, relationships, and social development. The sooner we can return safely, the better.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 50 Date: 12/11/2020 2:09:37 PM

I Achieved My Wildest Dreams. Then Depression Hit.

Bethany`s Notes: A must read for the week if you didn`t see this earlier in the week in the NYT.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 50 Date: 12/11/2020 2:02:53 PM

Life after sport: Are you ready for pain and mental health issues?

Bethany`s Notes: Although this article focuses specifically on professional athletes I believe HS and college athletes struggle with life after sport as well. It is essential athletes know what resources are available to them and how many skills they do have to bring to the table.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 50 Date: 12/11/2020 2:02:16 PM

Jalen Reagor’s #MyCauseMyCleats shoes showcase a cause close to his heart

Bethany`s Notes: This weekend as you watch the NFL games look at the cleats...a big day supporting Black men and their mental health. Thanks for giving back Jalen.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 49 Date: 12/4/2020 2:16:20 PM

Tictrac assembles inspiring British athletes to boost employee motivation and resilience

Bethany`s Notes: What a cool partnership to help corporate employees boost their resilience and motivation in life.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 49 Date: 12/4/2020 2:11:06 PM

The mental health battle: adapt and conquer

Bethany`s Notes: Let`s always be grateful for the time (even if it is short) we get to practice and compete during COVID-19. Our opportunities can change in a minute so enjoy every moment.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 49 Date: 12/4/2020 2:10:55 PM

Covid-19 vs. indoor and outdoor sports. How to safely play various games.

Bethany`s Notes: Understanding some of the risks between indoor sports and not playing them. An article related to Covid-19 and how/if we can play indoor sports safely. We are still learning....daily about this virus.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 49 Date: 12/4/2020 2:10:12 PM

‘Covid has brought into focus the mental health of athletes’

Bethany`s Notes: What does success mean to you as a coach, parent, or athlete? Are you having those conversations so you are on the same page?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 49 Date: 12/4/2020 2:09:54 PM

ACC and CRIA Announce Recipients of Innovation Initiative Small Grant Program

Bethany`s Notes: I`ll be following these projects as they examine issues related to college athletics. More to come but I like the ideas and the projects this money will be funding.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 49 Date: 12/4/2020 1:57:23 PM

The mental health battle: adapt and conquer

Bethany`s Notes: Let`s always be grateful for the time (even if it is short) we get to practice and compete during COVID-19. Our opportunities can change in a minute so enjoy every moment.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 0 Date: 12/4/2020 1:52:51 PM

James Ramos holds virtual town hall on mental health concerns

Bethanhy`s Notes: Do you treat your mental health just like you do your physical health? Do you have an annual mental health checkup? Would you know where to go if you needed mental health support?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 48 Date: 11/28/2020 8:12:29 AM

As the Holidays Approach, Maintaining Good Mental Health Becomes a Priority

Bethany`s Notes: Some good reminders for all athletes as the cold winter months approach on how to stay mentally fit.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 48 Date: 11/28/2020 8:12:13 AM

The Best Training Tip For Athletes Of All Ages: SLEEP

Bethany`s Notes: How do you encourage students to get more sleep? Give them the facts and be an example. Sleep is essential to our functioning both on and off the field. It is also a critical component of the mental EDGE camp I run.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 48 Date: 11/28/2020 8:08:56 AM

Ex-Jets, Giants receiver Brandon Marshall proud of mental health journey

Bethany`s Notes: Brandon Marshall has been an advocate for mental health in sports for almost 10 years. He has paved a path for men to be more honest about the help they need, to stay on top of it, and to face the challenges in your life by asking for help.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 48 Date: 11/28/2020 7:46:25 AM

Ex-Jets, Giants receiver Brandon Marshall proud of mental health journey

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Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 0 Date: 11/28/2020 7:42:12 AM

Mental health a priority for Bison athletes

Bethany`s Notes: The pandemic continues to be a challenge for all athletes at every level. Conversations need to continue with coaches, athletes, and administrators. There is no `right` way to have these conversations and let students and coaches be honest about what they are experiencing right now.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 48 Date: 11/28/2020 7:35:19 AM

Return to sports after COVID-19: cardiologists’ recommendations

Bethany`s Notes: Just as much as playing is important to our mental health returning to play after a COVID-19 case should be monitored and treated just as seriously as an injury.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 47 Date: 11/21/2020 11:16:11 AM

How COVID-19 affected a young Duluth runner’s heart

Bethany`s Notes: What`s it like to return from COVID-19? Read about Lauren Gella`s return.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 47 Date: 11/21/2020 11:16:00 AM

Governing body of high school sports hopes state officials will allow athletes to return to competition

Bethany`s Notes: There are some very tough decisions administrators need to make during this pandemic. This is a GREAT read for coaches, administrators, parents, and athletes. Let us make mindful decisions for the physical, mental, and emotional development of students. Also let`s give parents and students the necessary information for them to make an informed family decision.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 47 Date: 11/21/2020 11:15:49 AM

RED-S Is a Real Problem for Some Runners—Here’s What You Need to Know

Bethany`s Notes: RED-S is not just focused on women but also on men. Both genders are faced with issues and beliefs that leaner means stronger or more is better but that goes out the door when your performances suffer and you need to reevaluate.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 47 Date: 11/21/2020 11:13:51 AM

Bringing Mental Health into the Light

Bethany`s Notes: What a cool opportunity for students to be supported in a setting that offers peer to peer help. Catered to students from 14-24 there is help and support at all levels.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 47 Date: 11/21/2020 10:45:22 AM

Mental Health for Athletes: How Mindfulness Can Help
Bethany`s Notes
Notes: Have you tried mindfulness as a technique for sport? How has it worked for? What techniques have been beneficial? Please share with me your experiences.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 46 Date: 11/21/2020 10:29:16 AM

Match Point

Bethany`s Notes: All athletes from every level are experiencing similar feelings towards this pandemic and their ability/inability to train and stay focused. Continue to give yourself grace...we`ll get through this together.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 46 Date: 11/14/2020 6:07:47 AM

How will months of COVID lockdown impact mental health of children, teens?

Bethany`s Notes: A good read for the week knowing that our thoughts and feelings are normal given the current climate. Keep talking to athletes and coaches about their experiences....it doesn`t mean you can fix anything...rather listen empatically.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 46 Date: 11/14/2020 6:06:37 AM

A Gymnastics Coach Made the Hall of Fame. Misconduct Complaints Are Trailing Her.

Bethany`s Notes: If you see something, say something. If you are a coach, a parent, another student on a team, if the way a coach treats someone feels wrong in you gut address it. Yes, it`s tough but necessary.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 45 Date: 11/7/2020 6:37:09 AM

Sporting Minds UK founder believes mental health stigma still exists

Bethany`s Notes: The UK continues to address the mental health needs of elite athletes who struggle with the pressure when going from one level to the next. This independent group allows athletes to reach out without feeling their association will retaliate if they are struggling.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 45 Date: 11/7/2020 6:29:07 AM

Kevin Love Is Backing the World’s First Mental Health Gym. So, What’s That?

Bethany`s Notes: Mental health gyms, coming soon to your local neighborhood.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 45 Date: 11/7/2020 6:24:36 AM

Canadian researchers are developing a diagnostic tool to predict risk and prevent RED-S and overtraining

Bethany`s Notes: A new diagnostic tool being created to better understand, diagnose, and treat RED-S is in the works and you can contribute!
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 45 Date: 11/7/2020 6:17:00 AM

How being an athlete saved my mental health during the pandemic

Bethany`s Notes: Although not having athletics has been tough we can`t forget all the awesomeness it has brought to our lives in the past. We grow from wins and losses, from setbacks and failures. This is a new time to grow. Are you growing or retreating?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 45 Date: 11/7/2020 6:16:28 AM

Canada Artistic Swimming plans to ‘rip off the band-aid’ to create better environment

Bethany`s Notes: Always good to see an organization taking immediate action after an investigation. Both coaches and athletes can always learn and grow.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 44 Date: 10/30/2020 7:48:10 PM

The mental game: The battles I faced throughout college basketball

Bethany`s Notes: Personal stories are the best to understand what people go through and that you are not alone. I love how Abbie reflects on her seasons at Northwestern and what she would say to her younger self.
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The mental game: The battles I faced throughout college basketball

Bethany`s Notes: Personal stories are the best to understand what people go through and that you are not alone. I love how Abbie reflects on her seasons at Northwestern and what she would say to her younger self.
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The mental game: The battles I faced throughout college basketball

Bethany`s Notes: Personal stories are the best to understand what people go through and that you are not alone. I love how Abbie reflects on her seasons at Northwestern and what she would say to her younger self.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 44 Date: 10/30/2020 7:34:41 PM

Helping Student Athletes Find Mental Wellness During the Pandemic

Bethany`s Notes: A good reminder for everyone that we can validate our kids or athletes feelings about how much it does stink that they lost their season(s). We can`t sugar coat it. Let them be frustrated and let them process disappointment because that is part of life.
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Bethany`s Notes: A great read for the week on mental health in women`s sports. Hear from six elite Asian athletes and what they have overcome to be at the top.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 44 Date: 10/30/2020 7:09:26 PM

These mental skills can help athletes reach peak performance

Bethany Notes: If you don`t know where to start working with your student athletes on the mental side of sport and life, considering starting with these ideas.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 44 Date: 10/30/2020 6:58:33 PM

With competition on hold, athletic departments zero in on student athletes’ mental health

Bethany`s Notes: Great news and focus coming from a NCAA DIII school. The more we can support students and help them understand the spectrum of mental health the better they can ask for resources when they need them.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 43 Date: 10/23/2020 12:43:14 PM

American ‘SUPERATHLETE’ Revelations Prove No One Is Immune From Mental Health Challenges

Bethany`s Notes: The more men speak out about mental health and their challenges the more others around them will understand they are not alone.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 43 Date: 10/23/2020 12:32:57 PM

`Find a balance`: Mental health, social connections cited in debate over playing prep sports

Bethany`s Notes: Different approaches from different counties about who is having sports and how the criteria differ. We know that sports are an important component of social development for students at all levels. I know none of these decisions are easy. My hope though is that they are regularly evaluated.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 43 Date: 10/23/2020 12:17:18 PM

As a Casual Athlete, Do I Need More Sleep?

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Do Athletes Need More Sleep?

Bethany`s Notes: Sleep is essential and critical to your performance.
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Mental health is personal to Wildcats forward Trinity Baptiste, who shares story with teammates

Bethany`s Notes: Another great personal example of how personal experiences can help you better understand the mental health needs of others and show support for them.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 43 Date: 10/23/2020 11:43:12 AM

Athletes need mental health support beyond performance psychology

Bethany`s Notes: Mental health for athletes goes way above sports psychology. Honestly, most mental health issues are systemic and have connections to all parts of your life, even all the back to childhood. We cannot just address performance because that only scrapes the surface of the larger issues.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 42 Date: 10/17/2020 7:17:27 AM

7 takeaways from HSOT webinar about mental, physical health of student-athletes during pandemic

Bethany`s Notes: An important read for every parent and coach on the mental and physical well-being of high school athletes during COVID-19.
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Imposter Syndrome and its Impact on Mental Health and Performance in College Athletics- Part One

Bethany`s Notes: As fans we need to make sure we value the person long before we criticize the athlete. With social media at an all time high...negative words can have a huge impact on an athlete`s worth.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 42 Date: 10/17/2020 7:07:16 AM

Recognizing and Battling the Mental Health “OPPONENT”

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.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 42 Date: 10/17/2020 7:01:52 AM

How Is Your Mental Health These Days?

Bethany`s Notes: A solid read for teens, parents of teens, teachers of teens and coaches of teens. The author also provides a place for feedback from teens and what has been helpful for them throughout COVID-19.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 42 Date: 10/17/2020 6:56:29 AM

`You`re not alone`: Tyler Motte hopes to inspire others to discuss their mental health

Bethany`s Notes: A personal story on how the NHL is moving forward with Mental Health and helping to drop the stigma associated with it.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 40 Date: 10/2/2020 12:57:03 PM

After tackling his own depression, former St. Scholastica hockey coach Mark Wick has become an active mental health advocate helping others

Bethany`s Notes: The struggle of a coach. So often I post articles about athletes but mental health challenges are faced by coaches too.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 40 Date: 10/2/2020 12:55:38 PM

Athletes in Arms: Growth doesn’t just happen in the weight room

Bethany`s Notes: Understanding `the rest` we are in right now and how to take advantage of it. Who are you outside of your sport and what are you becoming? Use this time to explore and self-reflect.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 40 Date: 10/2/2020 12:35:35 PM

Mental health issues impact high school athletes coping without sports during the pandemic

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Eiler, Roy Discuss Support of Champions Challenge Funding Mental Health Counseling

Bethany`s Notes: The need for mental health services in athletics is real. Michigan`s athletic counseling team responded this spring and summer to an increase of 30% in counseling sessions. How are we supporting students during this time and what resources can we provide?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 0 Date: 10/2/2020 12:24:59 PM

Mental health issues impact high school athletes coping without sports during the pandemic

Bethany`s Notes: With no end in sight how do we keep kids motivated for every day life? We can encourage them to practice on their weaknesses. We can let them take a break from sports so they do not have to feel pressure to stay in shape. We can just empathize with them and their situation.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 40 Date: 10/2/2020 12:22:20 PM

Eiler, Roy Discuss Support of Champions Challenge Funding Mental Health Counseling

Bethany`s Notes: The need for mental health counseling in athletics grew quickly this year during COVID-19. Michigan`s staff saw a 30% increase in sessions with student-athletes from the start of COVID-19 through the beginning of August. The struggle is real.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 40 Date: 10/2/2020 12:02:18 PM

Unusual offseason presents mental health issues for athletes, experts say

Bethany`s Notes: Preparing for the unknown...when the season will start, how many games you will play, what happens if school goes virtual again, etc....these are all things HS and college athletes face this year. Let`s help our athletes learn to be flexible in any situation.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 38 Date: 9/18/2020 1:08:14 PM

Hickey: Mental health stigma acts as an invisible competitor in collegiate athletics

Bethany`s Notes: Overall well-being is essential in helping student athletes achieve their best athletically and academically.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 38 Date: 9/18/2020 1:00:28 PM

Being a good sport helps children’s mental health

Bethany`s Notes: If you have has young athletes be a good sport as a parent or coach. They are always watching you.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 38 Date: 9/18/2020 12:56:38 PM

Roger Bacon athletes, students have a secret weapon against sadness: Sisi the therapy dog

Bethany`s Notes: Could a therapy dog help your school district? Maybe...one school sees the difference the dog`s presence makes in their high school especially during COVID-19.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 38 Date: 9/18/2020 12:42:21 PM

Breaking the toxic combination of sports and mental health

Bethany Notes: Club hockey Coach Grimm from Slippery Rock talks about his days in the military and how he needed mental health services and how he asks his athletes to reach out when they need help.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 38 Date: 9/18/2020 12:37:07 PM

XCO athlete Yana Belomoina opens up about her mental health struggles

Bethany`s Notes: A great read about recovery from injury and how the mind is just as important as the physical recovery.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 36 Date: 9/4/2020 12:08:02 PM

`This is a scary feeling`: High school athletes, mental health, COVID and how to get help

Bethany`s Notes: The best read of the week in my opinion.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 36 Date: 9/4/2020 12:07:53 PM

High school coaches worry about what no sports means for their athletes

Bethany`s Notes: An inside look at the toll has had on coaches and how their role has changed as a result of the pandemic.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 36 Date: 9/4/2020 11:25:12 AM

Athlete Mental Health - Learning through adversity

Bethany`s Notes: Part 4 in a five part video series about athlete mental health during a pandemic. Watch the other parts here: https://www.wfmz.com/search/?l=25&s=start_time&sd=desc&nfl=ap&f=html&t=article%2Cvideo%2Cyoutube%2Ccollection&app=editorial&nsa=eedition&q=athlete+mental+health
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 36 Date: 9/4/2020 11:19:47 AM

Pandemic amplifies mental health struggles in already vulnerable young athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Access to even a chance at facilities is a test during COVID-19. Every family can and should decide what risks they are willing or want to take.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 36 Date: 9/4/2020 11:03:42 AM

Opinion I Athletes aren’t products, they’re human

Bethany`s Notes: Athletes are people first! Let`s never forget that....ever.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 35 Date: 8/28/2020 10:16:46 AM

Temple student-athletes combat ‘quarantine fatigue’ with home workouts

Bethany`s Notes: Are you or your student athletes dealing with quarantine fatigue? How are you dealing with it? What other ways are you learning to adapt and adjust?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 35 Date: 8/28/2020 10:10:56 AM

College athletes are struggling. Mental health is a `Groundhog’s Day` dynamic

Bethany`s Notes: We are in a new era where no coach or administrator can say, I`ve been through that...you`ll make it through. This is new so let`s be sensitive to those student athletes who are struggling.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 35 Date: 8/28/2020 10:01:00 AM

Paul George opened up about his mental health struggles in the NBA bubble

Bethany`s Notes: There are challenges when you can play as well. There is a lot of sacrifice to give up seeing family and friends to play in the NBA right now. Glad Paul George was honest and open about his mental health.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 35 Date: 8/28/2020 9:23:20 AM

Through an Athlete`s Eye: Pandemic Style – Athletes grapple with more questions as Conference decisions made

Bethany`s Notes: Motivation is fairly easy for athletes when they have a set goal and timeline. It`s much more challenging when there is so much unknown. How will you respond to athletes who are less motivated this season?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 35 Date: 8/28/2020 9:14:21 AM

Eight former UA athletes detail `rotten culture` in track and field program

Bethany`s Notes: I post this story to bring awareness we can always do better. Everyone situation has 2 sides (or 3, your side, their side, and the truth). My hope with this post is just to bring awareness and to be able to review your own coaching style and your interactions with your student athletes.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 34 Date: 8/21/2020 1:05:18 PM

`Hearts got broken`: UNC Olympic hopefuls reflect after postponed Trials

Bethany`s Notes: Olympic hopefuls talk about the challenges they faced as their opportunity to qualify gets postponed until next summer.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 34 Date: 8/21/2020 1:01:17 PM

With sports shut down at UCLA, mind games are all anyone can play

Bethany`s Notes: There is no playbook for coaches on how to help their athletes through a pandemic. Athletes who lost one season already are struggling when their next sports season has been cancelled too.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 34 Date: 8/21/2020 12:53:14 PM

Mental health care support crucial for college athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Coaches need to be able to express their challenges through the pandemic as well. Consider doing a team circle where people talk about the best things of COVID-19 and the most challenging things. Followup with those you might have additional concerns about.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 34 Date: 8/21/2020 11:50:33 AM

FINDING HOPE: Student-athletes and mental health

Bethany`s Notes: My hope is that HS students can stay active this fall even if they cannot compete. It certainly will be challenging but this is where coaches need to keep things creative.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 34 Date: 8/21/2020 11:40:39 AM

Michigan school leaders in support of fall season say high school athletics are safer than college

Bethany`s Notes: Last night`s decision in Michigan moved football back to the spring in the state of Michigan. I do agree though that sports are a way to maintain motivation for school and other areas of life.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 33 Date: 8/15/2020 5:50:17 AM

Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All

Bethany`s Notes: If you read one article this week, make it this one. How are you teaching ways to overcome conflict and adversity in your program? In order to students to have cope better they need these skills.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 33 Date: 8/15/2020 5:42:07 AM

Loss of fall sports and the emotional impact it has on young athletes

Bethany`s Notes: A short read and video on how parents can help HS students cope during this loss of sports for young student athletes.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 33 Date: 8/15/2020 5:34:08 AM

How Athletes Can Get Started With Therapy

Bethany`s Notes: USA Triathlon recommends why you might want to seek a mental health professional and how to get started. This is a good entry read to share with families and athletes so they know they are not alone.
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Laurie Hernandez on Prioritizing Her Mental Health After Journey to 2020 Olympics Was Extended

Bethany`s Notes: Elites being open and honest about their experiences. We all have something we are working through especially during this time. Use your resources and ask for help when you need it.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 33 Date: 8/15/2020 5:25:04 AM

Mindfulness Really Matters to Athletes — Here`s How to Practice It Every Day

Bethany`s Notes: A short read with four quick tips to practice mindfulness every day.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 32 Date: 8/8/2020 7:43:28 AM

A Silent foe: how athletes have handled anxiety, depression during the pandemic

Bethany`s Notes: We are all going through different emotions during this time of uncertainty. Those who didn`t experience a loss of a season in the spring may be, for the first time, experiencing the loss of their sport. Ask for support, reach out, and be willing to listen and empathize.
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How to Destigmatize Mental Health Treatment in Sports

Bethany`s Notes: The more we can educate ourselves on mental health the more we can help those around us and respond appropriately.
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What impact does the sports hiatus have on athletes` mental, emotional well-being?

Bethany`s Notes: Another great article about HS sports and how essential they are to the development of students...it may not be the wins and losses but just being around people with the same goals in mind that is beneficial to our mental mindset. With that taken away how are students coping?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 32 Date: 8/8/2020 7:35:49 AM

Head games: Former volleyball player believes concussions led to mental health issues

Bethany`s Notes: READ THIS! We are still learning about concussions and the long term effect on the brain. Perhaps there should be a minimum time frame before kids (those under 25??) can return to sport after a concussion (even if they don`t show symptoms or signs).
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 32 Date: 8/8/2020 7:31:09 AM

Win at all costs-how abuse in sport has become more normalized

Bethany`s Notes: We certainly need adults to speak up for young elite athletes. The brain of a 15 year old is far from developed. They need adults to intervene and speak up for them. When the `win at all costs` attitude is instilled at a young age it take a lot of time and effort to change the brain and help it to understand that learning to fail well is much more important.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 29 Date: 7/18/2020 6:36:29 AM

With sports hanging in the balance, the mental state of athletes should be considered

Bethany`s Notes: A good balance is essential for kids right now. I believe they need some sort of sports participation this fall. It could be just practice, in conference competition only but definitely something. As a mental health professional I get nervous when student athletes don`t have an outlet for their stress and challenges.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 29 Date: 7/18/2020 6:22:55 AM

Personal, mental preparedness essential for sports return

Bethany`s Notes: How will the events of the pandemic and the social unrest affect student athletes when they get back to sports? Are we giving them skills to learn emotion regulation? Are we using meditation or other skills as an option?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 29 Date: 7/18/2020 6:16:53 AM

Kobe Bryant`s `Geese Are Never Swans` Addresses Mental Health in Young Athletes

Bethany`s Notes: A short video on the book Kobe Bryant worked on before his death.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 29 Date: 7/18/2020 6:09:47 AM

USOPC Appoints Three Mental Health to Team USA Athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Finally! It`s 2020 and our best of the best have more additional mental health help. Thank you for listening USOPC.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 29 Date: 7/18/2020 5:57:27 AM

Soderling Says Free of Anxiety After Nine-Year Struggle

Bethany`s Notes: Soderling writes more on how very few people give you the skills or tools to help elite athletes deal with the pressure of sports. Athletes need to take care of themselves mentally and physically. They need to be shown how to do this from coaches, parents, etc...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 28 Date: 7/11/2020 6:24:22 AM

COVID-19: Social Isolation and Optimism in Sport

Bethany`s Notes: A solid academic read. This might be the best read of the week with helpful strategies to keep you connected.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 28 Date: 7/11/2020 6:17:23 AM

Game off: How no fall sports could affect student-athletes in Galveston County

Bethany`s Notes: Are we preparing for another season to be cancelled? In some states this may certainly be the case. How can we keep students engaged so they feel connected emotionally and mentally to their teams despite not being able to physically play their sport against another team?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 28 Date: 7/11/2020 6:11:23 AM

Stress Ball: How a pandemic has affected the psyche of athletes and fans

Bethany`s Notes: How do athletes return without adding more pressure to an already challenging situation? Let`s be patient with athletes and coaches when we return to sports. Remember to have fun and be present in the moments....you never know when you last match, race, game, etc.. will be.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 28 Date: 7/11/2020 6:07:14 AM

USC`s Anna Cockrell finds her voice outside the facade of perfection

Bethany`s Notes: An honest story from a student-athlete at USC. The more we share the more we know we are not alone in our struggles.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 28 Date: 7/11/2020 6:02:16 AM

Looking for a place for one of your athletes to share their story? Check this out!

Bethany`s Notes: A place where athletes can share their mental health stories! Do you have an athlete who might benefit from sharing their story on their mental health struggles? This just might be the place to do it!
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 27 Date: 7/4/2020 5:41:27 AM

Drive-in movie tells true story of teen mental health problems

Bethany`s Notes: Looking for something to promote mental health at your school? Consider viewing this independent film and having a Q&A session afterwards with mental health professionals.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 27 Date: 7/4/2020 5:32:00 AM

The good and bad with social media and mental health awareness in sports

Bethany`s Notes: So much on social media is comments (whether good or bad) from outsiders. Athletes have very little ability to defend themselves as they watch people talk about them. Let`s empathize a little more and speak positivity about learning how to fail well.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 27 Date: 7/4/2020 5:28:37 AM

From Eli to Mighty Murph: AU wrestler Elijah Murphy wins ESPY award

Bethany`s Notes: A great story on Eli Murphy. A humble guy looking for ways to connect with younger kids and teach them life skills. Perhaps we need to start younger with mental health skills so kids have them to use in HS and college.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 27 Date: 7/4/2020 5:23:30 AM

Mental health course becomes requirement for AHSAA coaches

Bethany`s Notes: Is your state or school requiring a mental health component to coach at the HS level? If not, consider recommending it to your school or at the state level.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 27 Date: 7/4/2020 5:01:15 AM

Into the Light

Bethany`s Notes: Just read this...there are no words for what this student athlete has overcome.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 26 Date: 6/27/2020 6:00:43 AM

Former student-athlete dies by suicide; his family uses tragedy to help others

Bethany`s Notes: We need to be having conversations with our children and students about mental health. Now is the time. Do not wait. Do not say, oh they will just grow out of it. Remind them your care and concern for them as a person is not based on their performance academically or athletically.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 26 Date: 6/27/2020 5:54:46 AM

Advocates for young athletes say LET KIDS PLAY

Notes: A very good read. What are your thoughts on social isolation for children? Will this pandemic have a long term affect on our children? Can our children take another few months of online learning or do we have to find a way for them to connect with others their age? I have more questions than answers on the long term impact of this pandemic.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 26 Date: 6/27/2020 5:45:37 AM

By Sharing Her Story, Maryland’s Nikki Sliwak Aims To Advance Mental Health Conversation

Bethany`s Notes: Sometimes athletes hold something so close for years that it takes time and a lot of patience for them to process the past. This story is a great example of that and the challenges she faced.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 26 Date: 6/27/2020 5:39:45 AM

Coaches more equipped to help student-athlete`s mental health struggles

Notes: Building relationships, establishing trust, and using positive reinforcement is critical for coaches with their athletes. They must trust you before they tell you and become vulnerable with you.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 26 Date: 6/27/2020 5:34:03 AM

Manning`s Fleming builds family atmosphere with the Monarchs

Bethany`s Notes: A great story about a great coach who builds the relationships with this athletes by listening. Sometimes we can all learn to listen more and fix less.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 25 Date: 6/20/2020 6:27:01 AM

Japan’s Safety Guidelines Specifically Address Athletes’ Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: Many countries are putting together a recommendation of how to return to play after COVID-19. Japan is including a mental health component and reminding their athletes to seek help if they need it. A big move from a country that still has a long way to go in destigmatizing mental health issues.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 25 Date: 6/20/2020 6:16:10 AM

5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Mental Health Every Day

Bethany`s Notes: Whether you are an athlete, coach, or educator who reads this we can all be reminded on some simple ways to improve our mental health every day. Check-in with yourself and learn to be present.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 25 Date: 6/20/2020 6:10:53 AM

What is the mental cost of the return of sports?

Bethany`s Notes: What might make us worried as coaches or educators may not be the same thing that student athletes are concerned about. Their voice matters and it is important to have an open conversation, as a group and individually, about their concerns regarding return to play.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 25 Date: 6/20/2020 6:06:45 AM

How to Mentally Come Back From a Sports Injury

Bethany`s Notes: The author identifies 5 common mental road blocks that we might face when returning from injury and some strategies to get through them.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 25 Date: 6/20/2020 6:01:59 AM

Canadian Girls Are Dropping Out of Sport According to National Study

Bethany`s Notes: A short academic read about the country north of us. Let`s support girls and women in sport as participants, coaches, and leaders.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 24 Date: 6/12/2020 4:29:56 PM

Nutritional Risks Among Female Athletes

Bethany`s Notes: This one is for all you die hard academics out there. A solid read with many findings that support what we already know and some new ones.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 24 Date: 6/12/2020 4:17:18 PM

Student athletes navigate remote training in a pandemic

Bethany`s Notes: I believe a lot of student athletes feel this way right now no matter if they are in HS, College, and even at the elite level. If you can`t work on the physical part of your sport work on the mental side...there is no limit.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 24 Date: 6/12/2020 4:08:34 PM

Staying fit with YOG athletes

Bethany`s Notes: You are not alone! Check out what some of the past YOG athletes are doing to stay active during this pandemic.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 24 Date: 6/12/2020 4:05:11 PM

Judo central to mental health for Refugee Olympic Team hopeful

Bethany`s Notes: A story of courage to go after your dream!
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 24 Date: 6/12/2020 3:57:17 PM

Former Olympic Athlete, Amy Gamble, launches new mental health platform

Bethany`s Notes: Another great opportunity to learn more about mental health. You can learn coping strategies, learn where to find resources and just be more educated about mental illnesses.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 22 Date: 5/29/2020 11:28:16 AM

Mental Health Doesn`t Discriminate: 10 Athletes Who Have Talked About Their Mental Illness

Bethany`s Notes: 10 Elite athletes who have shared their story. There are many more athletes at the college and high school level who experience mental health illness as well. The more we talk the more we grow in our knowledge and understanding about mental health.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 22 Date: 5/29/2020 11:24:36 AM

Compulsion: The Complicated Intersections of Exercise and Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: The best read of the week!
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 22 Date: 5/29/2020 11:17:34 AM

How Elite Runners Are Coping Mentally With No Races on the Horizon

Bethany`s Notes: Find out how elite runners are coping during social distancing.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 22 Date: 5/29/2020 11:11:50 AM

N.J. Olympians Laurie Hernandez, Carli Lloyd team up for mental health wellness campaign ’Stronger Than You Think’

Bethany`s Notes: A great option during this time of uncertainty. Lot of ways we can help each other and knowing others feel somewhat similar is very helpful.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 22 Date: 5/29/2020 11:02:27 AM

Column: Mental health no longer dirty words in macho world of NHL

Bethany`s Notes: Excited to see some former NHL players open up and talk candidly about their experiences. Hopefully this pause in sports will keep mental health at the forefront and encourage us to create a social/emotional plan for all athletes.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 21 Date: 5/23/2020 7:49:34 AM

Watch now: `It`s still a struggle, every single day,` UB`s Hanna Hall says

Bethany`s Notes: This video is from last year but it`s powerful and I thought I would share it again as we finish up Mental Health Awareness month.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 21 Date: 5/23/2020 7:38:18 AM

Mental Health Awareness Week: Tom Bosworth shares his story

Bethany`s Notes: A good reminder that we are so much more than athletes. When you see someone shutting down or removing relationships from their life and other things that matter it is time to check in with them and encourage them to get help.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 21 Date: 5/23/2020 7:23:04 AM

Survey shows college student-athletes grappling with mental health issues

Bethany`s Notes: The results of the NCAA student-athlete well-being survey during the COVID-19 pandemic....the survey was open April 10-May 1. Some interesting findings.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 21 Date: 5/23/2020 7:09:30 AM

Elinor Barker: The Olympian helping future generations of athletes to deal with mental health

Bethany`s Notes: A great way for elites to give back is to be an ambassador for strong mental health in athletics. Elites can be real about their struggles and their experience in getting help.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 21 Date: 5/23/2020 7:02:35 AM

From Mental Institution To Paralympic Gold: Deja Young Recounts Her Harrowing Mental Health Journey

Bethany`s Notes: May is Mental Health Awareness month and I am grateful for athletes all over the world who are sharing their story. No matter their status, from JV teams to elite athletes, everyone should feel comfortable to reach out when they need help.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 20 Date: 5/16/2020 6:05:23 AM

Special report: Coronavirus puts youth sports on pause

Bethany`s Notes: A very solid read on the history of youth sports. Perhaps we can hit the reset button and encourage more to participate. Some interesting trends in this read.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 20 Date: 5/16/2020 5:57:49 AM

For Rachael Flatt, Chris Murphy, Why The USOPC’s Mental Health Taskforce Is Important—And Personal

Bethany`s Notes: Looks like Team USA`s mental health task force is doing work. That`s a great thing and long overdue. I`ll continue to monitor their progress and hope elite athletes get the help they need.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 20 Date: 5/16/2020 5:49:39 AM

How Therapy Can Help Athletes

Bethany`s Notes: Team USA triathlon gives some sound advice and symptoms to look for to see if you might want to reach out and get some additional help.
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Bethany`s Notes: A favorite support program of mine, Athletes Connected continues to make great movement to help student athletes thrive.
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7 Mental Tips For Athletes That Can Help Us All In This Time Of Uncertainty

Bethany`s Notes: 7 tips for you from Team USA!
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 19 Date: 5/9/2020 7:56:48 AM

Softball star gives back full scholarship in order to focus on her well being and her studies

Bethany`s Notes: It takes a lot of courage and wisdom to give up a scholarship and be who you want to be. This was the right decision for this young lady and I applaud her. Glad she had the support of her family to make the best decision for herself. Every situation is different and we have to trust young adults to make the right decisions here regarding sport and not just follow the money.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 19 Date: 5/9/2020 7:52:15 AM

Sports psychologist says resiliency of athletes will allow them to get through COVID-19 shutdown

Bethany`s Notes: I believe athletes will come back stronger myself. It might be a while but for the first time EVERYONE had to deal with the loss of sport. I think there will be a new appreciation for sports and perhaps we will understand how to keep a better balance between process and outcome, wins/losses, and general enjoyment of the events.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 19 Date: 5/9/2020 7:46:09 AM

#BreakTheStigma: Mental EDGE Camps Creating Important Conversations

Bethany`s Notes: A bit of the story behind my knowledge and past working with athletes and why I started the Mental EDGE camps. Grateful to my athletic department for talking about this during #BreakTheStigma NCAA mental health awareness week.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 19 Date: 5/9/2020 7:41:45 AM

UT El Paso student athletes using virtual mental health resources

Bethany`s Notes: Thanks Coach Baker for being honest. We all have areas we can grow. What may have seemed like kids don`t care in the past may actually be depression or anxiety. Sometimes we have to gently nudge our student athletes to seek help.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 19 Date: 5/9/2020 7:34:30 AM

ACC Mental Health Awareness Webinars

Bethany`s Notes: A great webinar and look for more from the ACC in weeks to come.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 18 Date: 5/1/2020 1:35:18 PM

`Mentally, That`s a Whole `Nother Ball Game`

Bethany`s Notes: Many athletes are going through a feeling of grief or loss regarding their sport. Perhaps they never played their HS senior year and will not be competing in college. Perhaps they never got to play their final season of college athletics. This is a loss certainly and we can let these athletes grieve and empathize with them.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 18 Date: 5/1/2020 1:32:53 PM

Unique position as Badgers` director of meditation training offers Chad McGehee chance to explore mental performance

Bethany`s Notes: Of course I had to put in an article of my alma mater and their hire of a meditation trainer. Very cool!
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 18 Date: 5/1/2020 1:28:25 PM

Frankton`s Key opens up about mental health struggles

Bethany`s Notes: A great article on a college freshmen and how he was really experiencing his senior year of HS. Thanks for being so honest Kayden and for reaching out to get the help you needed.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 18 Date: 5/1/2020 1:21:42 PM

Life on the Sidelines: Injured Athletes Speak About Emotions on Podcast Series

Bethany`s Notes: Next week is the NCAA mental health awareness week. I thought we would start strong with this podcast from SMU on a few a their student athletes and their personal stories. Thank you for being honest students!
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 18 Date: 5/1/2020 1:15:04 PM

Matters of the mind key to athletes riding out coronavirus

Bethany`s Notes: A positive mindset is necessary for everyone to make it through these challenging times of quarantine. Enjoy some things you don`t typically do and give yourself grace when you feel sad and or have down days.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 17 Date: 4/24/2020 10:05:04 AM

Fear of the Unknown: Locked-down Athletes Face Mental Health Risks

Bethany`s Notes: Athletes tend to put a lot of their self-worth and identity in their sport. The COVID-19 situation has challenged them tremendously. Be aware of athletes who isolate themselves and say they are `fine`. They may need more help than we realize.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 17 Date: 4/24/2020 9:42:23 AM

Coping with Quarantine: How a sport psychologist is helping student-athletes stay on track

Bethany`s Notes: A short video by the University of Virginia sport psychologist Jason Freeman and what he recommends to the current athletes he oversees.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 17 Date: 4/24/2020 9:37:19 AM

Olympic athlete: Five tips to keep you physically, mentally sane during isolation

Bethany`s Notes: A short read on ways to keep you mentally fit with just some simple every day recommendations.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 17 Date: 4/24/2020 9:34:41 AM

Lawsuit alleges Auburn softball coach Eugene Lenti fostered a culture of intimidation, fear at DePaul

Bethany`s Notes: I know there are two sides to every story. I share this article only to help others see what may happen behind doors and recommend that conflict of interests MUST stop in athletics in order for individuals to feel safe.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 17 Date: 4/24/2020 9:29:02 AM

Game over: The social impact of life without sports

Bethany`s Notes: A short read. We talk about the athletes and the schools during COVID-19...but what about the fans? How are they impacted without having current sports to watch around the world? Will we view sports as it has always been after this pandemic or will it change?
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 16 Date: 4/18/2020 6:26:19 AM

Behavioral Health Professionals Playing Vital Role For Student-Athletes During Uncertain Time

Bethany`s Notes: Teammates are very aware who is really struggling and who needs help. Have an open door policy so the team can express when they are concerned about someone one the team.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 16 Date: 4/18/2020 6:22:46 AM

Sports Mental Health Coach Advises Young Athletes on Dealing With Coronavirus

Bethany`s Notes: Getting through these circumstances is what will help build resilience. Sometimes we are disappointed and we do not have control but how we respond will make all the difference in the future. Use this time to build a better growth mindset.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 16 Date: 4/18/2020 6:17:46 AM

Coronavirus gives injured athletes additional obstacle during rehabilitation

Bethany`s Notes: The struggle is real with injuries. Learning how to rehab during this time and staying motivated will be important for those returning to sport later in the fall. Keep in contact with those who are doing rehab through this time...let them know you are there.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 16 Date: 4/18/2020 6:08:42 AM

Teacher Who Survived Katrina Has This Advice for Class of 2020

Bethany`s Notes: To HS seniors whose year was cut short....it`s okay to be sad. It`s okay to grieve the lost events. But know that you can come back stronger and you will grow in resilience. Keep your friends close and get to know your family better. We are here to support you through this time.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 16 Date: 4/17/2020 1:23:26 PM

3 Adjustment Tips for Student-Athletes During Self-Quarantine

Bethany`s Notes: These tips are useful if you have not implemented into your daily life already.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 15 Date: 4/10/2020 9:45:16 AM

Sports psychology helps IU students improve performance

Bethany`s Notes: Proactive work is essential when working in mental health in athletes. They need to know where to go, that it is safe, and they can be honest and open without repercussions in their sport.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 15 Date: 4/10/2020 9:42:34 AM

Laker athletes stay connected through time of crisis, build sense of community with Lakers Listen

Bethany`s Notes: This article continues to highlight the importance of distancing but being careful not to be alone. Everyone needs to connect with people in some form...we were built for relationships. Relationships are important to check in with others and see how we can support one another.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 15 Date: 4/10/2020 9:37:56 AM

Saint Joseph University`s senior runner creates organization for mental health

Bethany`s Notes: A mental health group on campus at St. Joseph`s University started by senior Caroline Duffy could not have come at a better time. All student athletes struggle with anxiety at some point in time whether in sport or in school. Reaching out and knowing there is a place to ask for help is an important component in de-stigmatizing mental health in sport.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 15 Date: 4/10/2020 9:31:47 AM

Apart of the Team: Coaches, administrators work closely with athletes to stay on track during coronavirus pandemic

Bethany`s Notes: Everyone`s situation is not the same during this quarantine. Check up on your teammates, athletes, and friends. We need to support others like never before.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 15 Date: 4/10/2020 9:24:58 AM

Tech Athletics continues commitment to mental wellness

Bethany`s Notes: Before all this COVID-19 crisis, Virginia Tech had the opportunity to hear from one of their own alum and her experiences surrounding mental health.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 14 Date: 4/3/2020 10:22:14 AM

Coaches find ways to support young athletes feeling adrift

Bethany`s Notes: We need to let our athletes grieve this situation. Everyone will experience different feelings and emotions. Not everyone will be ready to just get back to work. Let your athletes process and ask them what they need and when they are ready. Be flexible.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 14 Date: 4/3/2020 10:19:13 AM

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Announces Mental Health Taskforce

Bethany`s Notes: Nice to see such a well diverse group in this mental health task force. They have quite a bit to address right now given all the changes for this summer and next.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 14 Date: 4/3/2020 10:15:05 AM

Isolated athletes face mental health risks

Bethany`s Notes: Ask your student athletes real questions about how they are coping. Ask if they are using substances, if they are depressed, if they are able to get up in the morning and function normally. If not, encourage them to get help during this time.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 14 Date: 4/3/2020 10:11:26 AM

Mental health experts encourage sports teams to stay connected

Bethany`s Notes: Keep your people connected! Teams need each other during this time especially for their mental health.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 14 Date: 4/3/2020 10:04:46 AM

Feeling down? Here’s some mental health guidance from the professionals

Bethany`s Notes: The article does a good job of going into more detail about the above recommendations. There are some good tips here that will help anyone while experiencing the uncertainties of these times.
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How to make mental health a priority during the coronavirus pandemic

Bethany`s Notes: Some good information from a LCSW to help you and your team deal with the anxiety around the COVID-19 situation. Each individual will grieve differently with the loss of a season, a senior year, a conference championship opportunity. My recommendation is to continue to find ways to connect with your team and staff. Let them know you are there regularly.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 12 Date: 3/20/2020 10:15:26 AM

The Mental Health Side Of An Epidemic: Conversation With A Leading Performance Psychologist

Bethany`s Notes: A Q&A with a leading sports psychologist regarding COVID-19 and the challenges athletes of all levels may face during this time of uncertainty.
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How Athletes And Coaches Pass Time Without Sports

Bethany`s Notes: It`s not just athletes who feel the loss of a season....it is all the support staff as well. Keep active, and connect in some way with others (facetime, snail mail, etc...).
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Worried athletes urged to focus on mental health amid Olympic anxiety

Bethany`s Notes: Not much is known about what will happen this summer. Will the Olympics occur? How will countries select their qualifiers? I, for one, hope they happen, perhaps more than anything to bring the world back together again and enjoy competition of sport. Many of us have had to cancel our spring seasons and this would be a way to start the fall season strong.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 12 Date: 3/20/2020 10:14:52 AM

`I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him`: How one student is honoring her brother by attending OU

Bethany`s Notes: A story connecting the death of her brother, his favorite team, and the opportunity to keep mental health at the forefront of people`s minds.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 10 Date: 3/6/2020 6:59:40 PM

In 2020, Let’s Fail Spectacularly

Bethany`s Notes: A good reminder that failure if part of life! Here`s to learning how to FAIL WELL!
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New club helps Calhoun students ‘COPE’ with stress

Bethany`s Notes: What a great group at the HS level taking ownership and finding ways to support their peers.
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MIAA, Adrian College tackle mental health

Bethany`s Notes: Mental health does not discriminate. You can be a DI Walk on athlete or a DIII National Champion. It is important for all coaches to be educated on how to best work with mental health issues concerns. Coaches should be able to identify and refer an athlete they have concerns about.
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U.S. Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold on Mental Health and Her Return to the Sport

Bethany`s Notes: Nice to see Gracie back at Nationals. Her fight was real and she had to make the climb back through the rankings to get there but wow....her story is amazing.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 10 Date: 3/6/2020 2:29:06 PM

Olympian Samantha Livingstone Talk On Athlete Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: Even the best struggle and it is great when they are honest and talk about their situations.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2020 2:45:21 PM

Athletes are killing themselves and schools in Michigan fear their players could be next

Bethany`s Notes: An inside look at how Michigan college are dealing with mental health in sports.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2020 2:41:37 PM

Niemann brings mental health message to athletes

Bethany`s Notes: This guy has got it! The Mental EDGE camp is very similar. We speak to knowing yourself and knowing what your body and brain need to function at a high level in sport, school, and life.
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Closer Look: For many athletes, college recruiting takes joy out of sports

Bethany`s Notes: The recruiting process....a stressful times for athletes, parents, and even coaches. A good reminder to stay present in the moment and focus on what athletes are going to get out of a college not who`s going to offer me a scholarship.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2020 2:27:39 PM

Samohi alum spreads mental health awareness from coast to coast

Bethany`s Notes: Great work done by Olivia and her movement on "Own Your Roar". I also love her phrase `perfection paralyzes potential`....so true and there is so much behind that phrase that can be addressed.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2020 2:21:38 PM

NCAA awards $100,000 in research grants

Bethany`s Notes: Here are the new NCAA research projects that will be supported through the grant. How cool that WI has 2 schools doing projects: Marquette and UW-Madison!
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 7 Date: 2/14/2020 4:24:37 PM

Mental health issues endemic in elite level sport, warns mother who lost her son to suicide

Bethany`s Notes: Are medals/winning the sole priority of national sport governing bodies? How about colleges in the US? Where does the winning end and the mental health priority begin?
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ISU student-athletes raise mental health awareness

Bethany`s Notes: Continued talk, discussion, and awareness is important for athletes, coaches, and upper administration. Change happens when there is more open discussion support is available.
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"This is an emergency": Whistleblower says Olympic Committee needs to do more to address mental health

Bethany`s Notes: A whistleblower in elite athlete mental health...I`ll keep following this story and continue updating you.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 7 Date: 2/14/2020 3:33:50 PM

With New Program, Student-Athletes Continue Dialogue on Mental Health

Bethany`s Notes: A program created with the help of athletes to have a Student Athlete Wellness Leader on each of Harvard`s 42 teams.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 7 Date: 2/14/2020 3:28:52 PM

Whitties learn strategies for managing mental health

Bethany`s Notes: I love this collaboration between a big school and a small school in athletics. Student athletes at all levels deal with mental health challenges. Perhaps more partnerships like this would be helpful.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 6 Date: 2/7/2020 2:56:10 PM

When the rink stops being your happy place: Mental health matters

Bethany`s Notes: A female`s hockey experience in college during the inaugural season.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 6 Date: 2/7/2020 2:30:26 PM

Bill to fund mental health programs for university athlete advances

Bethany`s Notes: Students athletes using their voices to get more help and more support.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 6 Date: 2/7/2020 2:19:02 PM

Former BYU athletes hope mental health issues move from stigma to spotlight

Bethany`s Notes: Take a listen to this podcast to get a better understanding of Tanner`s experiences. “Maybe the Best of Things: A Podcast with Tanner Mangum. It`s always great with some of the best come forward and share their stories.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 6 Date: 2/7/2020 2:16:13 PM

Macalester College’s ‘Sleep Well Initiative’ emphasizes mental health benefits of sleep

Bethany`s Notes: This article has nothing to do specifically with athletics BUT everything to do with mental health! Sleep, sleep, sleep! It is so critical to our daily functioning. We need it and don`t get enough of it. Continue to hammer this home with all student athletes.
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Mental health resources available specifically for student-athletes

Bethany`s Notes: The stigma is still there but more and more students are reaching out for help. No need to carry all the weight on your shoulders...reach out and ask for help when you need it.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 5 Date: 1/31/2020 2:42:07 PM

How Athletes Keep Their Head in the Game All Year Round

Bethany`s Notes: Some great tips in how to check in with yourself to make sure you are mentally healthy.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 5 Date: 1/31/2020 2:38:45 PM

UL basketball player Jalen Johnson talks mental health in athletics

Bethany`s Notes: An athlete talking about the positives of sports and understanding there will be tough times throughout sport and life but in his opinion the pros of college sports outweighs the cons.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 5 Date: 1/31/2020 2:35:48 PM

Heads first: Mental health in sports in Kenya

Bethany`s Notes: The talk of mental health in sports is happening worldwide.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 5 Date: 1/31/2020 2:32:16 PM

Watch: Olympian Jessie Barr on the importance of mental health in sport

Bethany`s Notes: Some great interviewing with Irish Olympian Jessica Barr.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 5 Date: 1/31/2020 2:22:03 PM

How Baylor Revamped Its Mental-Health Services Amid a Scandal

Bethany`s Notes: A good read on how a campus changed course and started better meeting the needs of their students. The article specifically discusses the eating disorder care and assessment team and how they support students throughout their journey.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 3 Date: 1/17/2020 2:40:42 PM

Athletes struggle to find purpose, identity after sports | Special Report

Bethany`s Notes: A MUST READ for this week!!!
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Bethany`s Notes: A very interesting program. Anyway we can help people treat other individuals better is a good start. Excited to see where this program might go nationally.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 3 Date: 1/17/2020 2:27:28 PM

Sports couldn’t save Bryce Gowdy, and his suicide shines a sad spotlight on an ignored crisis

Bethany`s Notes: There are few words to say about this story....the only addition is that mental health issues do no discriminate. Doesn`t matter if you are black, white, rich, poor, smart, athletically gifted, etc....everyone is dealing with something.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 3 Date: 1/17/2020 2:20:39 PM

Getting personal, former Waltham track star Ivy Watts talks mental health

Bethany`s Notes: No one is alone. There are people who have gone through similar situations. Ask for help. If you are a coach, check in with your athletes and ask how they are doing...listen and dig deeper if necessary.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 3 Date: 1/17/2020 1:53:27 PM

More than a game; why mental health is an issue for athletes and how you can help

Bethany`s Notes: I agree. We need to create a culture of acceptance and unconditional love. People have struggles and make mistakes but when they are willing to get help someone needs to be there for them.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 2 Date: 1/10/2020 8:22:04 AM

USA Gymnastics hires Kim Kranz to expand focus on athlete health and wellness

Bethany`s Notes: We`re watching USA Gymnastics.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 2 Date: 1/10/2020 8:15:26 AM

Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold Opens Up About Career Comeback After Mental Health Struggles

Bethany`s Notes: I`ll be cheering for her in her next competition. The atmosphere of elite athletics is hard to return to but it appears sport does not define her anymore.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 2 Date: 1/10/2020 8:10:28 AM

Tom Shields goes public with his rescue, hoping it helps save others

Bethany`s Notes: We can be a victim of our thinking brain. We have to be a victor over our brains and tell it the truth based on factual evidence. We have to rely on others and ask for help when we need it.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 8 - Wk: 2 Date: 1/10/2020 8:10:17 AM

Towards resolving mental illness in sport

Bethany`s Notes: The author discusses some of the top issues facing athletes: parental pressure, performance anxiety, social media, homesickness, injury, and relationship issues. A good read. He even recommends some skills to help.
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Welcome / About Bethany
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