MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AMONG ATHLETES

Athletes are such a wonder to behold. They cut across various sports, and we all have one or two persons who thrill us whenever we watch them perform.

Every time we watch our favorite athlete, we always expect them to perform, sometimes, better than previous performances.

However, we do not realize that, athletes have really tight schedules which they find it hard to keep up with.

A good portion of the schedule of an athlete requires him or her to either practice for long hours on end, or play/perform week in, week out.

Hence, they barely have time to rest. If they are involved in competitions, they can go week without having proper time to relax.

The major reason why athletes are being hard on themselves when it comes to practice and play is, the pressure is usually too much. People expect them to deliver mind-blowing results, without minding the input it takes to get it done.

If an athlete does not perform up to standard, and this goes on for a long period, he or she falls out of favor with fans.

Therefore, to prevent this from happening, athletes would practice for long hours not minding the adverse detrimental effect which it has on their body.

One of the common mental health problems which athletes face is anxiety. Before a game, no matter how prepared they are, there is still a bit of anxiety they face.

They are anxious, and always hope the game turns out in their favor. If it does not, they would face backlash from their fans, and it makes them sad.

Another one is depression. This is usually the long-term end result of being sad. A depressed athlete would not be able to perform well, and this could be as a result of not performing up to expectation, which can make fans to dislike them.

Athletes need mental health counselors who they can always interact with, and pour out their mind to prior to and after each sporting event.

Making this a regular habit would prevent the athlete from under-performing, and it would keep mental health problems at bay.

ATHLETES’ RIGOROUS ACTIVITIES FOR A BETTER PERFORMANCE

Athletes are most times exposed to stress and tension due to the demanding nature of the activities they partake in. This negatively influences their psychological processes, and has an effect on how they think, behave and feel. Athlete’s sporting activities require them to be at their best at all instances, and as a result they must by all means be fit and healthy.
It is important to note that these pressures can affect an athlete’s mental health. Demands in the athletic environment are quite enormous. Daily practices, strength and training programs, traveling for various competitions, rehabilitation and treatment appointments for athletes that sustained one form of injury or the other poses a challenging schedule.
Athletes that takes part in competitions at various levels are exposed to significant amount of stressors which may increase the tendency to develop mental health issues. They face stress and pressure in competing and they are open to anxiety to win at all cost, and depression if they end up not winning.
Also, there are other challenges which they are exposed to which includes sustaining physical injuries, issues with their level of performance or relationship crisis with other teammates and coach, frequent exhaustion from the harshness of training. All these can lead to the athlete facing post traumatic health issues and also problems of depression.
One of the concerns about this issue of mental health is that it might not only affect their performance in sports but also their well-being generally. Depression and anxiety has not only been found to be significant causes of ill performance in sporting activities, but also relates to other alarming issues such as mental disorders at its aggravated state.
The need for an athlete to perform excellently well and even outperform other athletes in a competition, is an enormous one and as such, there is a desperate need to always keep fit at all times. They are expected to have maximum level of endurance and strength for their performance.
They engage in various rigorous activities that requires them to train and exercise constantly. Occasionally, during the course of a sporting activity they may encounter and sustain severe injuries to show the difficulty of the activities they perform.
They endanger their lives now and then to make sure they are successful in what they do. Sometimes, all these activities pose a negative impact on the health of the athlete, most especially the athlete’s mental health.