Mental Health

Mental Toughness: The Mike Burton Story

Mental toughness is necessary to become a swimming champion, as it is in any sport. Some are born with it. Others must learn how to get it.

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Shouts From the Stands: The Gift of Water

Is it possible for something to completely break you as an athlete, but than later provide physical healing, mental therapy, personal acceptance and extreme gratitude for the sport? It took almost 25 years, but yes, swimming has done just that.

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We Rise By Lifting Others

I am less than two weeks away from graduating college. I miss swimming a lot, but I truly feel the good it brought me every day.

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Shouts From the Stands: One Second Too Slow

We’ve all been there: months of dreaming, hours of training, and an absurd amount of meticulous planning for the day when you meet that coveted qualifying standard. And then you don’t.

What Time Taught Me About Living in the Present

It has been just over five years since my life changed forever and I have spent so much time trying make sense of what I was supposed to learn from my back injury that ended my collegiate athletic career.

Shouts From the Stands: Tidy Up for Championship Season

Tidy up where you can. Make a little mental space for good thoughts and great swims.

Getting Mentally Prepared for Championship Meets

Championship Meets are the most important meets of any season, and getting yourself into the right frame of mind going into them is absolutely crucial to performing your best.

More Mental Health

G Ryan Talks About Depression, Anxiety in Athletes Connected Video

Former University of Michigan swimmer G Ryan addressed their personal struggles with depression and anxiety in a new video from Michigan’s Athletes Connected mental health program.

3 Mental Tips for Future College Swimmers

In this video, I want to share with you 3 mental tips and pieces of advice for those of you who plan on swimming in college in the future that will allow you to go into your first year as a college swimmer with the right mindset and mentality so that you can succeed there and be your best.

Michael Phelps Honored With Mental Health Advocacy Award

23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has been honored with the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion for his role in mental health advocacy.

Essential Psychology for the Swimming Teacher

You do not have to be an expert psychologist to realize that we are more likely to repeat a pleasant experience than an unpleasant one. Unfortunately for some, a swimming experience has been upsetting, while for others, there can be some form of reluctance towards a journey into the unknown, subsequently leading to a fear of drowning irrespective of any previous experience.

The Five Performance Priorities

To help my swimmers create a strong, positive, efficient, high-performance mindset, I have them utilize what I like to call The Five Performance Priorities.

Battling with Mental Illnesses as a D1 Student-Athlete

Remember, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” You can do it. Never give up.

A Look Inside the Mind of an Olympic Champion

Its fine to strive for perfection in swimming, but only as long as it’s done with the understanding that you can never get there. All you can ever ask of yourself is to give it your best shot, leave it all in the pool, and try to be the best version of yourself that you can be on that day.

Speaking With Athletes About Mental Health and Wellness

Speaking about mental health is not easy. Most coaches are not trained in the field of psychology, which leaves them feeling uncomfortable talking about the subject…

Shout From the Stands: The Transfer

It’s okay the decision you made did not work out as you planned and a new one is upon you. This is your journey, and your athletic career.

Shout from the Stands: What’s Missing from the Hazing Conversation

Hazing still occurs all over the country even with efforts such as anti-hazing contracts, education, warnings, and consequences. So, what are we missing?

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