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Stressors of Elite Teenage Sport Participation

The Atlantic Magazine’s recently published article by Linda Flanagan titled, “Why Are So Many Teen Athletes Struggling With Depression?” is a good read on the multi-layered stressors that can influence the mental health of  young elite athletes in today’s competitive sports environment.

The article is also a reminder to coaches and parents of the the essential importance of creating life balance in a developing athletes life.

Can team sports change a child's brain?

How team sports change a child’s brain” by Gerry Everding, reveals some interesting findings by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. Lisa Gorham, lead author of the study and a senior majoring in cognitive neuroscience in Arts and Sciences, said, “We found that involvement in sports but not non-sport activities such as music or art is related to greater hippocampal volume in both boys and girls, and is related to reduced depression in boys.”

Athletes' Performance & Well-Being

I am frequently asked, “What does a sport counselor do?” This article by Delia O’Hara offers
a nice summary of what a client working with a counselor proficient in sport performance and trained in mental health can offer to an athlete and/or his/her support team.

https://www.apa.org/members/content/petrie-athletes-performance