In the last few years, the mental health of athletes has become an area of national attention. From substance use and domestic violence to suicide, the mental health of athletes is appearing in social and mainstream media. At Cape Family Medical Clinic, we strive to remove the stigmas associated with mental illness, family pressures, and demands from athletes through individual and family counseling. Our goal is not for a public “spin” of the athlete’s mental health, but to work for a holistic and sustainable future through the use of personal and performance counseling and health coaching. We believe that an athlete’s mental health is just as critical as their physical health, in preparing them to perform to their greatest ability.
Athletes often have people who help them “handle” or “manage” the message about a performance or behavioral issue, but it can be challenging to find mental health professionals who understand the unique challenges that athletes and their families face and who can help that athlete get to the core issues and deal with the problem. In fact, the American Psychological Association states “Athletics subject a person to a unique set of challenges and circumstances that can make a person vulnerable to feelings of depression or anxiety.” Stress, expectations, balance, focus, ADHD, eating disorders, addictions, and trauma are just a few of the other issues athletes may face, which can distract them and ultimately negatively impact their performance. Working through their concerns in a confidential space and with a trusted mental health professional can be the key to unlocking their full ability. Athletes are often expected to perform as machines on the field or court, however emotions are never mechanical and if not managed well, may begin to “spill” over in other areas of life.
Athletes, just like everyone else, need a place where they do not have to keep up a front, perform, or be praised, but can work through the stressors and challenges they are facing, thus setting them up to live their lives centered, not distracted, and fully present.
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