On Psychiatric Risks Among Athletes: There’s No “I” in Team

Being an athlete has endless benefits, including excellent health, a sense of belonging, and an identity. But it also has its downsides, such as serious sports injury and the enormous pressure athletes feel to perform. Research has focused on the physical consequences of injury and has ignored the psychological. However, athletes are at psychiatric risk after injury, have difficulty coping with emotional pain, risk losing an in important part of their identity, have difficulty tolerating distress, and have anxiety about the future.
On the road to recovery, understanding the psychological significance of an injury to an athlete is crucial. After an injury, an athlete is susceptible to major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, athletes may feel that admitting they are struggling with psychological illness or symptoms could threaten their status within their own team. Because of the commitment an athlete makes to their sport, an injury could seriously threaten their sense of identity as individuals with strong athletic identities and are less likely to explore other career, educational. or lifestyle options.
Successful diagnosis and treatment require understanding the meaning of athletics in an individual’s life and the external, non-athletic support systems and resources available to the injured athlete. If you or anyone you know suffers from a sports injury, it may be beneficial to contact a mental health professional and receive counseling or therapy. If you are in Bergen County, NJ, feel free to call 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our licensed therapists, counselors, psychologists, or psychiatrists. For more information on sport injuries and trauma, visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com.




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