Why Mental Health is as Important as Physical in Top Level Sports

 

When we think of Olympians, we imagine strong, fast, almost superhuman competitors. These are undoubtedly important traits, however, if these athletes don’t maintain mental health as well, their athletic ability will be useless. After a disappointing loss, an athlete may be unmotivated to train, practice, or play. This is why sports psychologists are one of the key components to succeeding in top level competition. Nola Mountain, a 14 year old softball player is heading to the Olympics in 2024, and she’s training 80 hours a day to make it there. Her middle-class family is making it a priority to work her visits to a sports psychologist into their budget.

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