Athletes look like they have it all together, but internally, they can face significant struggles and isolation.”

Dr. Brook Choulet

What You will learn

  • The Importance of Understanding Mental Health Terminology
  • Challenges Athletes Face with Isolation and Mental Health
  • Integrating Mental Health into Athlete Care
  • Psychological Readiness and Return to Play
  • Creating a Supportive Culture for Mental Health in Sports

In this conversation, Adam interviews Brook Choulet, a sports and performance psychiatrist, about mental health in sports. Brook is the owner and founder of Choulet Performance Psychiatry and has extensive background helping high performers achieve success.

In this episode they discuss the different credentials in the mental health field, the challenges athletes face in terms of isolation and mental well-being, and the integration of mental health and physical performance.

They also explore the concepts of mental health, mental wellness, mental illness, and mental performance. Brook emphasizes the importance of education, collaboration, and creating a safe space for athletes to be vulnerable. She also shares advice for achieving high performance and finding small wins.

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Listen here – Finding Small Wins Podcast:

027 | Brook Choulet: The Role of Sports Psychiatry in Team Sports

Key Takeaways

  • There are various credentials in the mental health field, including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, and certified mental performance consultants.
  • Athletes often face isolation and struggle with mental well-being despite the perception of a glamorous life.
  • Integration of mental health and physical performance is crucial in sports, and it requires education, collaboration, and creating a safe space for athletes to be vulnerable.
  • Mental health refers to overall psychological well-being, while mental wellness is multidimensional and includes physical, emotional, social, and occupational dimensions.
  • Mental skills training takes mental health to the next level and focuses on building resilience, confidence, and enhancing mental and physical performance.
  • To achieve high performance, it is important to have a clear vision, set realistic goals, and focus on small wins.
  • Finding a balance between vulnerability and oversharing is essential in building genuine connections and trust.
  • Acknowledging and celebrating small wins can contribute to a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

episode timeline

00:00 Introduction and Credentials
06:44 Understanding Mental Health, Wellness, Illness, and Performance
12:14 Psychological Readiness and Return to Play
26:43 Optimizing Integration of Mental Health in Team Environments

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