As an Everyday Athlete or active lifestyle enthusiast, you’re no stranger to the importance of physical fitness and wellness. But are you truly aware of the importance of your mental health? How much thought or time are you putting into it? Mental health issues can have a significant impact on athletic performance, and can even lead to injury or burnout if not addressed properly. In this post, we’ll explore the growing issue of mental health among athletes and offer tips for maintaining mental wellness as an everyday athlete.
THE GROWING PROBLEM OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG ATHLETES
Athletes face unique challenges and pressures that can impact their mental health, including the pressure to perform, the risk of injury, and the need to maintain a certain body weight or physique. Recent studies have shown that mental health issues are becoming increasingly common among athletes. 1 in 4 adults, in fact, suffer a diagnosable mental health issue in a given year. With many dealing with more than one mental disorder at a time. Meanwhile, athletes are considered at higher risk. They’re often found to be reluctant to seek help due to the stigma surrounding mental health or concerns about losing their spot on the team, etc.
1 in 4 adults suffer a diagnosable mental health issue in a given year, with athletes considered at higher risk.