Mind Game

An Inside Look at the Mental Health Playbook of Elite Athletes

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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 05 Mar 2024
Rowman & Littlefield, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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A deep look into how even the best athletes struggle with and persevere through mental illness.
In growing numbers, athletes are speaking up about their struggles with mental illness—including high-profile stars such as Michael Phelps, Kevin Love, Simone Biles, and Naomi Osaka. More disclosures are surely on the way, as athletes recognize that their openness can help others and inspire those around them. In Mind Game: An Inside Look at the Mental Health Playbook of Elite Athletes, Julie Kliegman offers insight into how elite athletes navigate mental performance and mental illness—and what non-athletes can learn from them. She explores the recent mental health movement in sports, the history and practice of sport psychology, the stereotypes and stigmas that lead athletes to keep their troubles to themselves, and the ways in which injury and retirement can throw wrenches in their mental states. Kliegman also examines the impacts of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use, and more, with a keen eye toward moving forward with acceptance, progress, and problem-solving. Featuring insightful interviews with Olympians Chloe Kim, McKayla Maroney, and Adam Rippon, NBA players Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan, former U.S. Open tennis champ Bianca Andreescu, and many other athletes and experts, Mind Game breaks down the ongoing, heartening movement of athletes across sports coming forward to get the care they need and deserve—and to help others feel safe opening up about their struggles, as well.
Julie Kliegman is the copy chief for Sports Illustrated. Previously, she was copy editor at The Ringer, weekend editor and breaking news contributor at The Week, and a news fellow at BuzzFeed. Her writing on a wide variety of topics has appeared in outlets including Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Ringer, Vulture, BuzzFeed, Vox, The Verge, Bustle, Washington Monthly, The Week, and more. Kliegman is a frequent guest on radio and podcasts and has been interviewed about her work on shows including SportsNet 90 The FAN, Sports Media With Richard Deitsch, New Hampshire Public Radio, BTR Daily Beat, and FM 96.9 The Game. She lives in Queens, New York.

A deep look into how even the best athletes struggle with and persevere through mental illness.
In growing numbers, athletes are speaking up about their struggles with mental illness—including...

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This title views best in tablet-style eReaders.
This is a set of uncorrected page proofs. It is not a finished book and is not expected to look like one. Errors in spelling, page length, format and...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781538168066
PRICE $32.00 (USD)
PAGES 272

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