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Speaking With Athletes About Mental Health and Wellness

By Jeff Grace, SwimSwam, 11/01/18, 12:00PM CDT


“That is why we say we teach life through sports, teaching mental health through sports is the same thing.”

Mental health and wellness has been an emerging subject in the world of athletics. Over the past few years individuals such as Michael PhelpsAllison Schmitt, Kevin Love and Demar DeRozen have opened up about their challenges.

There have also been studies that suggest a large percentage of athletes face mental health challenges. One of those involved elite athletes in Australia where it was found that 46.4 percent of those involved in the study experienced symptoms of at least one mental health problem (Gulliver 2015).