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ATHLETES AND MENTAL HEALTH: THE HIDDEN OPPONENT

June 2, 2017

Victoria Garrick is a rising Junior libero for the USC Women’s Indoor Volleyball team. Both freshman and sophomore year, Victoria started and played in every match for the Women of Troy, who won the Pac-12 Championship in 2015. During a difficult freshman year, learning how to be a Division I athlete as well a Dean’s List student, she dealt with situational depression, anxiety, and a binge-eating disorder. By seeing a sports psychologist at USC every week, Victoria was able to learn how to manage her mental health issues, as well as regain normal eating habits. However, she is very concerned about other athletes like her who do not have the confidence to seek help, or learn how to manage their chaotic lives. One of Victoria’s missions in her final two years of college is to help others by sharing her experience.

WEB ARTICLES, BLOGS AND PUBLICATIONS

All websites and publications are from professional resources.

By: Lyndsey Munoz

PLEASE READ!!! 
Goalies Matter Co-Founder/Supporter has written about her story regarding her troubled times when she had ideations of suicide, and hoe she coped with it, and then how she was able to get through those times.  Her story is compelling and can be very sensitive, but also not UNcommon in today's society.

By:  Kimber Hower ('Cuse Goalie)

In light of recent events and the passing of so many beautiful souls, I could not help but feel sick. Sick because of the lack of change in our sports, sick of how people keep ignoring the problems surrounding student-athletes’ mental health, and sick that I have likely had similar thoughts and struggles as those who are no longer with us.

August 10, 2021 / Mental Health

Why aren’t mental health issues taken as seriously as physical issues?

By: Cailin Bracken | @kalewithcail

I recently reposted a trending quote that read “we have to put the person before the student and the athlete otherwise we are at risk of losing all three.” The post was written in the wake of the passing of Katie Meyer, a standout goalie for the women’s soccer team at Stanford. 

ByAngeline Jane Bernabevia

April 13, 2022

As many high school students are choosing colleges, one student-athlete is speaking out about the enormous pressure on players, its emotional toll and what needs to be done to protect them.

By James McClendon syracuse.com  (Apr 2, 2022)

Robert Martin, who played for SUNY Binghamton and Corcoran High School, died by suicide on Friday, April 1, 2022. With him are Jordan-Elbridge boys lacrosse coach Shaun Smith and former SUNY Albany player Sean Eccles.

By Scott Stump, TODAY

The parents of Katie Meyer confirmed the 22-year-old soccer star died by suicide and said fear over potential disciplinary action by the school may have contributed to her death.

By Abby Wolk, Wesleyan University ‘22

Anxiety and trauma have no hierarchy. Everyone is entitled to both their feelings and the help and space to manage them. Unfortunately, not everyone has the support they need. I’m lucky – I did and do

Chris Buck

"Thinking Inside the Crease" is a guide for lacrosse goalies to learn how to dominate in the cage psychologically. Playing goalie is 100% physical as well as 100% mental. The competition in high school and college has gotten so stiff that the best goalies must have the mental game to back up their technique. Chris Buck, a coach and sport psychology consultant, has worked with hundreds of goalies from youth to the MLL over the past twenty years, helping them with their technique but realized the best goalies in the world are the ones with the best mental game as well. The strategies inside this book are utilized by the best in the sport and now they are passed down to the next generation of goalies. From MLL to high school, the goalies who have followed Coach Buck's process have gone on to play at the highest level. Go to www.thinkinginsidethecrease.com for more drills and information.

Lyndsey Munoz

Learn everything you want to know and more about the Girls Game for goalies.  If you are struggling with issues regarding sexuality, self identity, how to play, drills, health, nutrition, etc this is the Blog for you.

Sport Science Institute

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is a leader in providing health and safety resources to college athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and campus partners. Together with leading medical organizations, behavioral health centers and content matter experts, the SSI provides educational resources for member schools to promote and support the health and well-being of student-athletes. 
Located on this page are materials and resources related to the mental health and wellness of college athletes

Anxiety Insights

Anxiety is a normal part of childhood and is usually temporary and harmless. However, children who suffer from an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness and shyness to the point that they start to avoid places and activities.

One in eight children is affected by an anxiety disorder, with symptoms commonly emerging around age six. Left untreated, children with an anxiety disorder are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences and engage in substance abuse.

Children and teens can experience any type of anxiety disorder. However, separation anxiety disorder and selective mutism are generally diagnosed only in children.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses. When looking at American adults with an anxiety disorder, 75 percent of them experienced their first episode of anxiety before age 22.

Depression Insights

We all feel sad sometimes and even go through periods of grief or having feelings of failure and disappointment. But that is not depression. Depression, even in its mildest form, is more than an occasional period of sadness.

Kan Campbell

Robin Lehner faced his inner demons and shared his struggle with the hockey world, helping to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction issues.

Jackie Spiegel

In an exposing article for The Players' Tribune, the former NHL netminder revealed a side of himself that he had kept hidden from the outside world — his struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression and how in 1994 he got into his car and came very close to driving it off a cliff.

Ben Scrivens

 I spent the majority of Part I of my catharsis addressing what I think are the most important skills for young goalies to focus on in their training. I took a few liberties with announcers and media types, and the response I received from (most) goalies was subdued elation. I think what I wrote resonated with them because our position is fundamentally misunderstood — not all great saves are created equal. But for all the goalies out who took a modicum of pleasure at seeing outsiders get “put on blast,” as the kids say these days, you may not like what’s walking down the slot.

Pat Healey

(This story was originally scheduled to post in late August, however we agreed to delay it due to the impact of a young persons death in the community as a result of mental health.)
FALL RIVER: Nolan Boyd never imagined he would find himself in the situation he was.
Like most teen boys, the Fall River product, a goalie with the Grand Falls Rapids of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL) had a zest and love for the game of hockey.  But he feels his battle with depression and anxiety began in Grade 11, about three years ago.

Sarah Gingell Ph.D.

New research shows why physical exercise is essential to mental health.
Posted March 22, 2018

MIKE WHITE

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

mwhite@post-gazette.com

All students at Armstrong High School have been banned from attending school hockey games and a group of students are facing possible disciplinary action for directing chants of a vulgar and sexual nature toward a female goaltender on the Mars team during a game last week.

Beth Ann Mayer 

Thursday July 30th, 2020

Morgan Rodgers was funny. She had a dry sense of humor, an impeccable delivery and an unmistakable gut-laugh. She started playing lacrosse as a child and went on to earn a scholarship to Duke. She loved animals and art, and people loved her. She wanted to help others and hoped to be a sports psychiatrist.
But she never got the chance. As loved — and loving — as she was, she couldn’t always see the good in herself.

 

BOOKS

Books that help with Mental Health

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THINKING INSIDE THE CREASE

Chris Buck

"Thinking Inside the Crease" is a guide for lacrosse goalies to learn how to dominate in the cage psychologically. Playing goalie is 100% physical as well as 100% mental. The competition in high school and college has gotten so stiff that the best goalies must have the mental game to back up their technique. Chris Buck, a coach and sport psychology consultant, has worked with hundreds of goalies from youth to the MLL over the past twenty years, helping them with their technique but realized the best goalies in the world are the ones with the best mental game as well. The strategies inside this book are utilized by the best in the sport and now they are passed down to the next generation of goalies. From MLL to high school, the goalies who have followed Coach Buck's process have gone on to play at the highest level. Go to www.thinkinginsidethecrease.com for more drills and information.

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MINDFULNESS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES: A WORKBOOK TO HELP TEENS REDUCE STRESS AND ENHANCE PERFORMANCE

Gina M. Biegel and Todd Corbin

f you’re like many other high school or college students, you probably feel pressure to perform at a high level—both in the classroom and on the field. Unfortunately, this pressure can cause lots of stress and anxiety. To make matters worse, you may find it difficult to effectively manage all of these demands on your time, energy, and health. This is where mindfulness can help.
Mindfulness allows you to stay present, focus, and be calm with your thoughts and emotions, no matter how stressful life gets. In Mindfulness for Student Athletes, you’ll find practical and tactical ways to cope with stress and anxiety in the moment, prevent stress in the future, and experience more satisfaction and enjoyment while playing sports. You’ll also find proven-effective tools to naturally enhance your performance.
The mindfulness skills outlined in this workbook will not only help you on the field—but in life as well. You’ll be able to take what you’ve learned and apply it to any situation, from job interviews to scoring a touchdown. What a gift to have!

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THE CARING WARRIOR: AWAKEN YOUR POWER TO LEAD, INFLUENCE, AND INSPIRE

T.J. Jones

STRENGTH. COURAGE. TRUTH. We live busy and distracted lives. We struggle to maintain our strength and identity in the midst of constant challenge and rapid change. Because life often feels more like a fight than the gift it is, we seek the courage to persevere and find fulfillment. In The Caring Warrior, TJ Jones reminds you that your greatest weapon in this fight is CARING. A Caring Warrior chooses to wake up to his or her true self, chooses to lead others by giving, and chooses to inspire organizations and the world by sharing. It takes courage to fight on the battlefields of life: the internal (self), the tribal (our teams), and the cultural (organizations). TJ shares his own personal struggles and triumph over burnout and negativity. He provides you with weapons and tactics. With practical wisdom, he shows you how to be a positive and effective leader of your teams, your organizations, and the people in your life. TJ guides • leaders seeking greater effectiveness and influence; • emerging and new leaders who need direction to build engaged, heroic, and high-performance teams; • organizations committed to inspiring their people to new heights of fulfillment and achievement; • and YOU―a warrior who wants to fight for your greatest potential. Pick up your sword and gather your troops . . . because there is a Caring Warrior in each of us. And, WE NEED YOU.

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4 SIMPLE STEPS TO RECOGNIZE DEPRESSION AND PREVENT SUICIDE

Anita Everett, MD, DFAPA,

Readers will find authentic, real-life examples and practical applications for mental health concerns using the proven methods of the Mental Health Foundation's evidence-based program, be nice.

When put into practice, there is no greater way to share your love and support with someone struggling with mental illness.



The be nice. action plan provides a concrete method for society to embrace while approaching an individual experiencing mental health concerns in an appropriate and caring way. After reading this book, you will be empowered with the knowledge to improve lives and help prevent suicide in your daily life and community.

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THE COLLEGE GOALIE TRAINING PACKS

Virtual lacrosse goalie coaching & mentoring from the top college goalies in the game!

AFTER THE COLLEGE GOALIE TRAINING PACKS:

  • Strong confidence because you've trained with the best collegiate goalies in the game

  • Pumped to BE the goalie and pumped to get out there to practice what you learned and get better

  • Know who to look up to in the goalie world and have a very strong goalie community with college experts who are ready to help you out and cheer you on

 

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GOALIES MATTER LAUNCH

Brad's launch presentation to the 6x6 Goalie camp on July 27, 2021.

MIND, BODY AND SPORT: THE PSYCHIATRIST PERSPECTIVE

Many changes are taking place in our culture that influence the mental and emotional well-being of today’s student-athletes. The pressure associated with student-athletes’ daily routine can create intense emotional responses. The time, energy and effort put into developing skills in a given sport can result in imbalances in other areas of life. Developmental and environmental influences shape emotional, motor and social aspects of the brain. Eating patterns, impulse control and interpersonal relationships are also affected.

SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH: TIPS FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS

Tips for parents and educators to help with their children's mental health.

BUILDING RESILIENCY: HELPING CHILDREN LEARN TO WEATHER TOUGH TIMES

Adversity is a natural part of life. At some point, we all face difficulties, such as family problems, serious illness, a personal crisis, or a painful loss. Being resilient is important to dealing with adversities like these. While most parents hope that their children never face extreme adversity, successfully facing tough situations can actually foster growth and give children the skills to be more resilient in the future.

ALL OR NOTHING THINKING

This article describes how to overcome the "All or Nothing" model. How to get over the fact that you are perfectionist.

SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE A PERFECTIONIST

This article identifies the signs that might might make you a perfectionist rather than striving for excellence.

HOW YOUR MENTAL HEALTH REAPS THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE

New research shows why physical exercise is essential to mental health.
Posted March 22, 2018