In light of the spotlight on mental health at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, it is a great time for all of us as coaches to pause and give great consideration to the topic of mental health in collegiate athletics.
Training both mental and physical skills together produces a complete player – athletes who can overpower their opponents and accurately execute tasks and eliminate mistakes, turnovers and penalties. Human Performance Improvement is a program designed to boost physical and mental performance.
Dr. Brian Hainline, chief medical officer of the NCAA, says that coaches need to become more educated about identifying performance enhancing drug usage and mental health issues. These are two ways coaches can make the athletic experience better for everyone involved.