Sports Psychologist talks about the mental of a today’s student athlete

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Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 4:14 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - New data reveals nearly a third (32%) of people had no idea that there is a correlation between concussions and mental health issues.

And with prep sports in full swing, younger generations of athletes are opening up about their mental health.

“Understanding the mindful athlete stuff, is that focusing on peak performance, and here I am as a clinician and former athlete saying peak performance is going to trigger people. We need to focus on quality of life,” All Points North Lodge, Registered Psychotherapist, Mark Van Steenberg said.

A personal development and wellness provider specializing in trauma, and addiction treatment, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans to uncover perceptions of the youth’s mental make-up.

Whether it be absorbing a collision on the field of play or balancing a full workload in the classroom. The student’s athlete’s mental capacity could be fragile. One sports psychologist believes it deserves a special amount of attention.

“When someone puts fences around that saying you can’t do something. We have to get creative to keep the body moving and keep the brain healthy. When the body is transitioning out of that phase, I’m almost hesitant to promote working out vigorously. I recommend going for a walk or doing yoga to establish the connection between the body and the brain.”

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