Sports Psychologists Are Helping Athletes Shape Strong Minds

May 7th, 2018 | by Jonathan Yates
Sports Psychologists Are Helping Athletes Shape Strong Minds

“Strong Mind, Strong Body” Interview Series from The Culture of Sports for CollegeAD featuring Sports Psychologist Dr. Caroline Silby

Last week CollegeAD highlighted several athletic departments taking proactive steps to address the mental health issues that student-athletes face. Lead by many student-athletic academic councils, mental health has become a main area of focus for the NCAA as the association strives to improve the student-athlete experience. Some departments have turned to sports psychologists in aims to help student-athletes both on and off the field. But how exactly can a sports psychologist shape strong minds?

Jonathan Yates recently had the opportunity to talk with Sports Psychologist Dr. Caroline Silby as part of The Culture of Sports  “Strong, Mind, Strong Body” interview series. Among the topics Dr. Silby covers is a technique called mindfulness training. Mindfulness training teaches athletes to manage their thoughts and allow those thoughts to be there in a non-judgmental way, allowing athletes to better filter thoughts during high-pressure situations.

The “Strong, Mind, Strong Body” interview series will highlight different mental health topics each month.

Jonathan Yates About Jonathan Yates
Jonathan Yates spent much of his career working for Members of Congress in a variety of press and legislative posts. Positions he has held working for Members of Congress and state legislators include Chief of Staff, General Counsel, Legislative Director, Press Secretary, and Legislative Assistant. His journalistic work has appeared in such periodicals as The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Investor's Business Daily, and TheStreet, among others. He has degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown University Law Center; and has also matriculated at the U.S. Naval War College and The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Jonathan also hosts The Culture of Sports You can follow Jonathan Yates on Twitter at @politicsports13

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