Sports and Mental Health

The Issue

Professional athletes are using their voices to share with the world how the pressures and stresses associated with performing and succeeding create high levels of negative emotional stress. Anxiety and depression are being reported by student athletes and athletic directors and coaches are taking notice.

High school and college athletes are faced with multiple workouts, exhaustion and overcoming injury. Balancing academics, a rigorous travel schedule and the anxiety of playing time can emotionally overwhelm players affecting their performance.

The pressures of maintaining a specific GPA, scholarships and pressure from parents and coaches is often puts extreme pressure on a young person whose frontal cortex is yet to be fully developed.

The Pressures:

  • Playing time
  • Injuries
  • Pressure
  • Exhaustion
  • Multiple workouts
  • Coaches
  • Academics
  • Traveling so much
  • Scholarships
  • Parental pressure
  • Balancing school and sports
  • GPA
  • Having friends outside of sports
  • Finances
  • Red shirt
  • Scouts

What We Can Do

The Generation Text Online Framework supports high performance athletic clubs and sports programs around the nation with the awareness of the mind/body/spirit connection to performance. Often overlooked in high performing athletic organizations is the mental health and wellness research and the system to bridge that research to practice.

Our Framework provides coaches and players with the development of routines, practices, habits and learning activities to build and strengthen psychological, emotional and social skills. The architecture is to provide a program evaluation in the area of mental health and wellness, empower coaches and staff with strategies and techniques and provide ongoing interventions and supports for players.

How Generation Text Online Mental Health Framework Effects Performance

  • Develops a mindset that embraces the mind, body, spirit connection
  • Builds confidence
  • Helps athletes achieve full potential
  • Develops coping skills for stress and anxiety
  • Develops coping skills for pressures of competition, coaches and high performance expectations
  • Helps athletes learn to work through setbacks and performance blocks
  • Develops skills for dealing with losses, injury and low motivation
  • Develops skills to deal with fitting individual goals with team goals
  • Addresses the factors that contribute to the high transfer rate of scholarship athletes

Mental health isn’t just an athlete thing. What you do for a living doesn’t have to define who you are. This is an everyone thing. No matter what our circumstances, we’re all carrying around things that hurt — and they can hurt us if we keep them buried inside. Not talking about our inner lives robs us of really getting to know ourselves and robs us of the chance to reach out to others in need. So if you’re reading this and you’re having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you’re not weird or different for sharing what you’re going through.

Just the opposite. It could be the most important thing you do. It was for me.

Kevin Love

Cleveland Cavaliers