The Association for Applied Sport Psychology is dedicated to supporting athletes, coaches and parents through research, education and as a resource for finding Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CPMC). This is a great resource for their educational blog posts, information on sport psychology and for exploring a career in this growing field.
Athletes for Hope is a non-profit established in 2006 by a group of elite athletes who wanted to give back. As part of that organization, and as a response to the growing awareness of addressing mental health needs, they established The Whole Being Athlete Program in May 2021. This program unites and empowers athletes of all levels and backgrounds to work together and end the stigma of mental health in and out of sports.
Preventing sports trauma and overuse injuries has never been more important to young athletes. To address this growing need, The National Council of Youth Sports and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine have partnered to present STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries. Check out our their website for great resources, including downloadable tip sheets, to educate parents and coaches on how to reduce injuries in youth sports.
The pressure to perform can take a toll on athletes, physically and mentally. Sometimes this pressure can contribute to negative body image and body obsession. Left unchecked, an athlete remains at risk for disordered eating and eating disorders. You do not have to make a choice between your sport and a healthy body. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, or ANAD, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free peer-support services to anyone struggling with an eating disorder.