The Sporting Life

“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give, it’s about how many you can take and still keep moving” –Rocky Balboa

Athletes young and old–elite and amateur–can enter an abyss when they get cut from a team, lose playing team, get injured, get sick or lose the opportunity to play, compete or enjoy the rewards of team camaraderie or personal sport success. Our own health conditions – anxiety, asthma, diabetes and pain – or the health of our situation at home or work can lead us into that abyss too.

The AMHI (Athlete Mental Health Index) tracks the mental health of 1,362 athletes of all ages. The index, pictured below, began a decade ago and is updated monthly Latest LIVE Tracker as a snapshot into our collective mental health.

At This Hour

Limits on college, high school and youth sports have kept the state of mental health at a low level for the majority. High schoolers, who experienced the sharpest dip from Covid, are starting to see a glimmer of hope but a full return to the field remains in question for many schools. College students experienced the biggest drop in mental health pre-covid as many stopped playing a team sport like they had for the last 10 some years. Reach out for information on variation by gender, age, sport level and geography.

Coming soon to The Sporting Life:

  • Total cost of youth sports 20-year study results
  • Book, “Losing Beats Winning”
  • Poster series on How To Talk Sports from the sideline or car ride home