Mental Health Issues In Sports Research Paper

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Are you at more risk to develop a mental illness if you are a professional athlete?
Depression is a mental health disorder that interferes with the physical and psychological well-being of an individual. ‘About 1 in 5 adults have a mental illness in any given year. Mental illness can begin at any age, from childhood through to later adult years, but most begin in teen life.’ (Staff, n.d.) The stress of school and the expectation that parents have for their children is high. This can put a lot of pressure on students, it can effect their everday life, work and relationships. These issues can also heavily affect adults too. Its hard enough as it is for everday people to deal with depression but when you’re an elite athlete this can be a real problem. Athletes are at risk for depression as they’re in high pressure sporting events, there’s also personal and team expectations. Individual disposition may increase bouts of mental health issues in athletes. Also the media has a big influence in the lives of athletes and can be brutal to an athlete.

It is easy to recognize the many exceptional benefits in participating in sports. But
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However as athletes are reconginzed as having potential at a young age the pressure of so much training and competing could trigger a mental health illines. Teenagers and adults can feel a lot of peer pressure in everyday life and athletes need to dedicate a lot of time to their sport to be successful. Away from family and friends could be detrimental. Yet so many cope, some even thriving on the experience of being a professional athlete. It is an individual experience and no way of saying it will or will not occur. Therefore, I believe athletes are not at more risk to deveople a mental illiness because it depends on the person you are and how you cope with
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