Certainly, on the Olympic and International level, there is heightened pressures added by the exposure and global audiences watching you, but what about your game? If your goals are to play in college or at the highest club level you can, why should you care about mental health?

In a simple way, sport is bred on competition and through competition comes comparison and doubt. The Athletics Department at the University of Michigan has put together a video series to explain techniques to stay mentally strong in your environment, wherever life takes you.

The website also provides technique that will improve your mental health during competition and for life after your sport:

Meditation
Self-Compassion


The Extremity of Sports

As an athlete, you are pushing yourself beyond your limits, or what you thought your limits were. You are constantly being pushed and pulled to get better; be better at your sports, stronger and faster in the weight room, and leading other teammates to do the same. That is a LOT of responsibility! At any level, in any sport, these high-pressured expectations exist. Why? Because sport is based on competition and when the bar is constantly being raised on a team or in a league or simply in one game, there becomes a mental piece to the game that stretches you far beyond your physical limits you previously though existed. This strain on athletes’ mental physique is still taboo, although growing in awareness over the last few years. The mind is truly a muscle of its own and needs to be trained just like your body in your sport.

Stephanie Labbe, Goal Keeper for the Canadian National Team, shares her story on how she overcame her mental block and purposefully focused on her mental health in order to perform at her peak.