Athletic Performance and Mental Health
Athletes not only must train their bodies to perform effectively, but they must also prepare their minds for the rigors of competition. Positive mental health is crucial to how athletes prepare, perform, and react to intense challenges. Goal setting, visualization, and routine preparation can help ease stress and strengthen mental well-being.
Proper goal setting is a beneficial strategy used to improve athletic psychology. Goals must be realistic and achievable to enhance confidence and self-efficacy. Visualization allows athletes to see themselves completing an assignment successfully. This strategy helps reduce anxiety and reach a state of relaxation, improving performance. Routine preparation assists mental readiness by easing nervousness and distractions through habitual procedures. This technique utilizes visualization for athletes to enter a positive mindset and foresee themselves being successful.
Athletes are under pressure to perform from various sources. Some are positive, and some are negative. Adverse internal or external factors can have a detrimental impact on their mental health. They can lead to anxiety, depression, performance issues, injuries, and physical decline.
What causes mental health issues in athletics?
Athletes are taught early on that practice, and hard work will lead to success in their sport. The focus is predominantly on physical readiness. Mental well-being is often discounted and correlated to athletic strength. A common misconception is that since athletes have these physically powerful bodies, their minds must also be exceptionally strong. Also, athletes frequently believe that to be fierce, tough competitors, they should be able to handle mental issues themselves. This concept causes athletes not to seek help which could lead to much more significant problems.
Specific indicators an athlete may suffer from mental health complications are sleeping problems, irritability, changes in eating habits, reduced energy, and a decline in performance. These problems not only affect the mental well-being of athletes but also increase their risk for physical injury.
How are mental health issues treated?
Mental health is becoming more of a focal point regarding athletic performance. Treatment involves much of what athletes already incorporate into their daily lives, such as exercise and eating healthy. Treatment also includes medication, support therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy is incredibly impactful since it incorporates aspects commonly used in athletics, such as structure, direction, and goal planning.
As with all those suffering from mental health issues, effective treatment for athletes must include a proper support system consisting of coaches, teammates, family members, and professional therapists. Expressing thoughts, concerns, and emotions will help athletes strengthen their mental well-being leading to enhanced performance and quality of life.
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Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
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