After Simone Biles in the all-around contest earlier this week, people around the world have continued to elevate conversations surrounding mental health especially in competitive sports.
Some athletes, including Michael Phelps, have detailed the challenges of invisible illnesses including anxiety or depression, reminding people that professional athletes are “human beings,” too. Olympic stress especially is a “weight on your shoulders” that’s not the easiest thing to carry by yourself,” Olympian and softball star Cat Osterman has said.
Balancing the pressure to succeed does not come easy, many of the athletes explained, and the need to prioritize their health while elevating conversations surrounding mental health is now more crucial than ever.
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