On Coaching a Child with ADHD

By Gabriel Villarreal There are a number of ways you can coach a child with ADHD or that is suspected to have ADHD. It seems like every year I change my approach to programming for this population, but it always works, and the updates are always based on new research or from my own sample…

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Bayless Skips the Modern Definition of ‘Leader’

Skip Bayless made headlines this week with his callous response to a professional athlete’s mental health concern. Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott admitted that when the quarantine first began he struggled with anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Bayless wasn’t having it. “I don’t have sympathy for him going public with, ‘I got depressed. I suffered depression early…

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Commissioner Silver was Right: Social Media’s Impact on NBA Success

At the most recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that many NBA players are experiencing increased anxiety which is “a direct result of social media… they’re truly unhappy.” Charles Barkley, during an interview on the ESPN show, Get Up, scoffed at the idea. He suggested that Silver’s comment was “the…

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3 Keys to Embrace the Conversation of Mental Health

by Annie Gerdes As a soccer coach who is also pursuing a master’s in clinical mental health counseling, this subject hits me very close to home. Throughout my life I have dealt with depression and anxiety and sports helped me cope and survive day to day. I have learned to manage my depression and anxiety…

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Faer Ball: Mental Health in Professional Baseball

Author: Ryan J. Faer In February of 2018, I sat in the office of the Director of Player Development for the Cleveland Indians, ready to share with him something that very few people knew: I was there to tell this man, our Farm Director, that I had depression. In fact, much of my life to…

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We Need to Talk About Mental Health in Athletics

Death by suicide is a complicated occurrence which often leaves loved ones saddened and confused. The on-paper version of Tyler Hilinski’s passing is no exception: tall, bright, likeable young man playing quarterback in the Pac10. He leaves behind a loving family and host of friends who will miss him dearly. So what went wrong? Many recent…

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Good Athlete Project

Coaches, Athletes, Parents, and Mentors of all kinds… it’s time to Embrace the Conversation of Mental Health in Athletics. At the Good Athlete Project, we believe that if you are part of a team, there should always be someone to reach out to. Coaches should work to embrace the conversation and support athletes as needed.…

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We Need to Talk About Mental Health in Athletics

Death by suicide is a complicated occurrence which often leaves loved ones saddened and confused. The on-paper version of Tyler Hilinski’s passing is no exception: tall, bright, likeable young man playing quarterback in the Pac10. He leaves behind a loving family and host of friends who will miss him dearly. So what went wrong? Many recent…

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