Near the end of the taboo?

Talking about your mental health is generally considered taboo in our society. Addressing these issues, associated with weakness or even insanity, is a real dilemma for people in pain. And this, especially for athletes. Let us tell you about this taboo that is gradually cracking in the world of sports thanks to speech liberation.

Victims of athletes for their physical health

If we are primarily concerned with the physical health of our orthopedic athletes, Their minds are royally disposed of. However, it plays a major role in the well-being of our athletes. And contrary to what their successful career suggests, they are Many people suffer from depression or moments of sadness.

In fact, a survey conducted by the Committee on Ethics and Sports, which was conducted on 1,200 athletes, showed that 80% of them already felt a lack of energyor sadness or a trustless. A number that shows how many The sporting environment is demanding and relentless.

Heroes and heroines, but not only …

in front of a football or rugby match or even in front of a swimming competition, sports together. In addition to this beautiful quality, the sport on the other hand, Too high a barrier for our players.

Whether you are a simple spectator or a coach, We expect a lot from our athletes. Athletes must do demigod/goddess, invulnerable, or even fighters They suffer the devastating consequences of their success. They are no longer considered perfect humans, but ‘Extraordinary’ objects without any fragility.

“The athlete is a bit ‘objective’. We only see the performance of the body,” Elise Ankert, a sports psychologist at the National Institute for Sport, Experience and Performance (Insep), outlines to Cosmopolitan Media.

Finally, the end of Omerta?

But some footballers, tennis champions and athletes Reversing the trend in recent years and putting an end to Omerta This affected their mental health.

A real blow to the world of sports ranked 2 in the world in tennis, Naomi Osakaannounced for example on May 31, 2021, Withdrawing from the tournament. Then I explained:

“The truth is that I have had long periods of depression since the US Open 2018 and had a very difficult time recovering from it (…) Anyone who knows me knows that I am an introvert, and anyone who knows me anyone who watches tournaments has noticed that I often wear headphones because it helps in reducing my social anxiety.”

Multiple medalist gymnast Simone Biles He has, likewise, I decided to withdraw from several events to take care of his mental health.

she was victim tiwities (Loss of bearings in jumping stages) and until announced in 2018, After being sexually assaulted by Lacey Nassar, Former National Gymnastics Team Physician. from Trauma that undermines his mental health Finally, he pushed her to withdraw from the middle.

A multi-sport phenomenon

This taboo was also broken on the football field. Paris Saint-Germain striker and footballer, Neymar was captured, in 2021, by his psychological fatigue.

“I think this is the last World Cup. I don’t know if I will still have the mental strength to continue managing my life as a footballer after that.”

advertisement, who changed their mindsetsince until the French football legend, Thierry Henry captured in L’Equipe :

“(…) In my time it was more difficult, and it was completely taboo. Even on the set. I got to the locker room: “How are you?” – Yes ”, even if things were not going well. ”Slept well ? – Yes, “even if this is not the case.” Are you in pain? – No ”, even if you are in pain. Today, the player can open up more. »

We cannot help but rejoice. Let us remember: Mental health is as important as physical health and is an integral part of a person’s vital balance. Other professional athletes have followed suit and have done so They spoke frankly about their discomfort. We are thinking in particular of the former Australian professional tennis player Ashleigh Partybut also a French judoka Amanda BouchardFrench international handball player valentine’s day door Or the French international football player Paul Pogba.

in this time, In France, an annual psychological assessment is mandatory for adult athletes. high level and two for the palace. This analysis shows how They organize themselves and adapt and what are the factors that can weaken them.

Furthermore it, Speaking by these many professionals helps remove the stigma of mental health disorders and leads us to believe in a healthier and more open sports environment.

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