Top Flight Sports: The Stigma of Seeking Help for Mental Health

The issues involved in mental health for athletes took importance during the preparation and performance of the 1012 London Olympics .  Click here to read an interview done by Medscape with Dr. Ira Glick, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, and founder of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry, to discuss the potential mental health effects of athletics and athletic training regimens.

Seeking mental health is perceived as a weakness in many social circles, and also amongst top flight athletes. Slowly these attitudes are changing and mental help is being seeked and utilised not only for performance improvement but also to help cope with the stress and anxiety that sports performance triggers.

Hypnotherapy provides quick and effective ways of gaining self control, improve performance, encourage relaxation and self esteem. All these elements can become of great support for sports professionals but also for anyone who may be seeking to gain control over their lives, over their thoughts, their feelings and their behaviour.

Learning how to cope with failure is one very important skill to develop for sports professionals, but also for all of us in our everyday life. Developing strategies for how to cope with failure, learn from it and move on will determine how far we can get with our success. Hypnotherapy can contribute to learning such skills.


About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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