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Athletes Face Pressure to Perform Both On And Off The Court

A clinical sports psychologist explains what mental health challenges young athletes in particular experience, as they begin to advance in their sport and receive more attention.



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First, a computational modeling company develops simulations to evaluate how diseases spread gives insight into how soon Americans can attend large-scale events such as conventions and state fairs with minimal exposure to COVID spread.

John Cordier

Then, the world's No. 2 female tennis player, Naomi Osaka, announced last week she would not “do any press” during the French Open and eventually withdrew from the tournament citing mental health concerns. What challenges do athletes face beyond physical training? Are the demands for excellence only limited to their performance on the field? We hear from a clinical sport psychologist who shares how we can treat those in the spotlight – and each other – with more empathy.

Dr. Julie L. Wiernik

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