Athletics are supposed to be fun. From five-year-old soccer to playing in the Super Bowl we view sports as something to have fun while doing, and while watching. But things aren’t always as they’re supposed to be.
As a very underachieving youth athlete, I can tell you that the baseball coach who sighs every time he calls out the name, “Reed” and the soccer coach who told a ten-year-old me that he only played me half a game because he had to, have an impact.
And not a good impact.
More than forty years later I still remember those bad moments. They don’t bother me, but I remember them. That’s not the case for a large number of athletes who deal with anxiety, depression, fear of failure and a number of other mental health issues.
I’m not talking just about pro athletes. In an ESPN.com article, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory talks about being in a locker room after his first wrestling match at, “eight or nine-years-old”. He won that first match but afterwards, his father noticed an anxiety attack happening in his son.
The young Gregory had nothing to be anxious about but was putting so much pressure on himself that it was noticeable. The higher the level of competition, the more pressure athletes are likely to put on themselves and when that happens, results are rarely good.
Join us Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific as we talk about this pressure that gets put on us by ourselves, our parents, and others. Many others depending on the level of play.
We’ll talk about the pressure that comes from inside and the pressure that comes from outside, what we can do to deal with it and what we can do to help those suffering from mental illness as a result of athletics.
The call information is below and we hope you’ll join the conversation with us on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
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