Nearly a week into their most recent therapeutic reunion, Michael Phelps and Grant Hackett, two giants of Olympic swimming, sat down to breakfast at a packed restaurant and wondered how they would explain themselves to their children someday. They were reliving dark moments, times when they posed a danger to themselves and others.
People with mental illness often experience difficulty getting the health care that they need, and available medications don’t always provide satisfactory effects. For this and other reasons, many individuals coping with mental health issues seek alternative approaches to healing, including yoga.
We can use Australian Rules Football to boost school attendance and improve mental health in Indigenous communities
Our report, After the Siren: The community benefits of Indigenous participation in Australia Rules Football (AFL) found Indigenous children who participate in AFL have better physical and mental health than those who don’t. Children who played football were 6% less likely to be assessed as having learning difficulties due to health issues.
Roughly one in five American adults suffer from mental illnesses. Athletes might be more at risk. Here, eight of them tell their authentic stories.
Yoga and meditation have both become increasingly popular in the Western world, and practitioners praise their psychological and physical benefits. Current research also suggests that meditating and doing yoga can boost overall well-being and resilience to stress factors.
By looking to see if affective response to exercise was more similar between identical twins than non-identical twins, researchers were able to deduce how much it is genetically inherited.
The effect is real, and over the years, scientists have shown that nature can provide stress relief, increase social interaction, encourage physical exercise and even help soothe mental illness. But this effect isn’t limited to forests or beaches that may be miles away.
Trust and teamwork weren’t these boys’ strong suits. All had suffered severe and debilitating trauma that had left them perpetually wary of others. Fortunately, basketball had captured their attention and imagination—and I had to seize on this.
After reading other articles with people sharing their experiences of participating in sport while also dealing with mental health issues, it has made me feel comfortable enough to share my own experiences.
ukactive has teamed up with young people’s charity The Mix to help tackle mental health issues among under 25s by getting them to move more. Studies show that physically active people have up to a 30 per cent lower risk of depression, while ukactive analysis found that getting young people active for 150 minutes a Read more
College campuses around the nation have generally seen an uptick in students experiencing mental health issues. And some students have been taking it upon themselves to help change the way campuses view and talk about mental illness, including among student-athletes, with a particular focus on ending the associated stigmas.
Nature is beneficial – maybe essential – for human health. Psychologists and health researchers are finding more and more science-backed reasons we should spend time outside.
The team’s attitude is one of “thriving” through and not merely “surviving” mental health challenges. This approach emphasises strength through adversity, and mental health vulnerability is seen as manageable, not as a defining character flaw of the athlete.
Sepideh Saremi, a psychotherapist in California, combines running with actual talk therapy. It occurred to her that getting out of the traditional office setting might be helpful, particularly for some of her male clients, who did not seem comfortable in the traditional therapeutic setting.
Mental health is something that’s still incredibly stigmatized, no matter who you are. Opening up about anxiety or depression can be really hard, and many people still face judgment when they reveal they’re struggling. That’s why it’s such a huge deal that the Toronto Blue Jays’ closing pitcher, Roberto Osuna, is opening up about his Read more
A study was done on 156 patients aged 50 and over who were all significantly depressed. They engaged in only a half hour of brisk walking three times a week. They were compared with a group who took anti-depressant medication alone, and one that took medication and were in the exercise program. The researchers at Read more
In a two-day session at the Black Student-Athlete Summit in Austin, Texas, a number of health professionals educated and engaged attendees in discussions focusing largely on the mental health and well-being of student-athletes. Read more…
A legendary Lady Vol is opening up to the world about her battle with mental illness.
The National Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (NASWIS) is proud to announce its 2nd Annual Symposium. The theme of this year’s conference pertains to the mental health of athletes and clinical responses from sports organizations.
With national championships at multiple universities, Urban Meyer is already one of college football’s most successful coaches ever. At one point in life, he was also one of the most miserable.
When he first entered the mental training field in the mid-2000s, Betchart saw potential stumbling blocks everywhere. He thought the field was too vaguely defined, which contributed to the lingering stigma surrounding mental health.
A shift in the way sporting bodies tackle mental health has encouraged high-profile athletes to speak out about their individual battles.
“I went in with no self-confidence, no self-love,” Phelps said in a recent interview with NBC’s “Dateline” of his time in London four years ago. “I think the biggest thing was, I thought of myself as just a swimmer, and nobody else.”
University of Texas football star, 1998 Heisman Trophy winner, and NFL running back Ricky Williams shared his story of overcoming depression and social anxiety disorder and told how the stigma of mental illness delayed his efforts to get help. ESPN sportscaster Chris Fowler conducted the interview.
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall paid a visit to Silicon Valley this week to explore opportunities and potential partnerships with tech companies around mental health issues.