The Sports World’s Mental Health Wake-Up Call

Mar 13, 2022

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

Years of intense discipline, scrutiny, and high-stakes performance pressure can render pro athletes susceptible to mental health issues — especially athletes of individual sports — which can have tragic consequences if ignored. When Naomi Osaka & Simone Biles courageously spoke out, the world finally paid attention. Exploring the sports world’s mental health wakeup call, Columbia University Medical Center Psychiatrist-in-Chief Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman and pro tennis champions Patrick McEnroe, Andrea Jaeger, and Emilio Ángel Sánchez Vicario will discuss the physical-mental toll; mental health risk factors & warning signs; “Shut Up & Play”; athlete empowerment; the role of the media/social media; and organizations’ responsibilities in safeguarding athletes’ mental health as well as their physical.

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