After a lifetime in the Sporting World as a young aspiring athlete, as a coach, a parent, and now a mentor, I have learned many valuable lessons. I would like to share some of those in this website. If you are a parent, an athlete, a coach, or member of an organization, please give me your attention for a few minutes, as what I have learned could help you.
We know that every parent has reasons for putting their kids in sports. Keep them off the streets, develop a strong work ethic, play within a team, to have fun, set and achieve goals to name a few of the main reasons.
As an Athlete, it is about doing something you are good at, something you love to do. Being with like minded people (team), and having a dream. Seeing how good you can be and pushing yourself to new heights.
As a coach it is creating a place where young athletes can grow, fail and succeed. A place where you can not only help them reach their potential but to actually see it, and to help them develop processes to live up to it. To provide an experience they will remember for ever.
There are however some things that you need to be aware of that are very concerning, and growing at a rapid rate. As an athlete I suffered from Anxiety (used to throw up before games), Stress of trying to live up to everyone's expectations, especially my own. It got to me and I became depressed, I was in pain and felt I could not tell anyone. I could not show weakness. Substance abuse and self loathing took over and I thought of suicide on more than one occasion.
As a mentor to young athletes in all sports I see this issue growing. Many athletes are struggling. As a parent or coach you see it, but don't know what to do. Maybe you are the reason. Most young people are not going to share with the adults in their lives because we have not shown we are worthy of their trust. As a parent they have tried to talk with you, but you didn't listen, had to take a phone call or deal with something more important. As a coach, they are in fear of telling you they don't feel right, as it may translate into less playing time or ridicule.
THESE ARE THE FACTS, not of all the athletes, but 1 in 5 is suffering from one of the afflictions I have described. Is yours one of them? See them withdrawing? Have they become extremely moody and unpredictable with their behavior? Or have they wanted to quit all together?
These are all indicators you need to be aware of.
The Canadian Mental Health Association states that mental health affects every Canadian in some way. Sports can amplify the issues. As athletes we never feel comfortable sharing issues we are having. As parents we can feel helpless. As a coach we can get frustrated. Together it makes for the perfect storm.
I Got Mind is all about education. We strive to connect and address the issues with our seminar attendees, personal clients and organizations.
If you are struggling with any of the issues we shared above, or would like to improve athletic and personal performance, check out some of the links below.
We hope to hear from you soon and hope you are well.
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