Winning In Sports Needs A Winning Mindset

An important shift in the narrative of mental health in sports was triggered in May 2021 when tennis superstar Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open, citing concerns for her mental health. In this act of bravery and vulnerability, Osaka faced both admiration and admonishment. Popular and social media quickly ignited and prominent athletes such as Serena Williams, Usain Bolt, and mental health advocate Michael Phelps supported the cause. A mental wellness app Calm went viral and offered to cover Osaka’s fines.

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