Simone Biles at the Tokyo Olympics: A Major and Long Overdue Discussion About Mental Health and Sports
By Dirk Smith, M.Sc, SDL (He/Him)
When the news dropped just hours ago, that the seemingly unstoppable gymnast, Simone Biles, the darling of the Olympics who was heavily favored and poised to take Team USA’s women gymnastics right to the top of the podium, pulled out of the women’s gymnastics team final in the middle of the event. Following her performance on the vault, Biles left the arena and Team USA went on without her to claim silver in the event.
Why did she pull out?
By Dirk Smith, MSc, SDL (He/Him).
Swimming is considered a low-impact sport, meaning that there are few forces either from ground contact or other players and the risk of developing a traumatic injury is low. The kind of injuries most commonly seen in swimmers are overuse injuries which are injuries that result from repetitive movements. Overuse injuries are caused by the repeated stress and tension on muscles, tendons and ligaments that without proper strength and tension can lead to inflammation and pressure build up within the tissue.
Inflammation and pressure can lead to pain, reduced flexibility, mobility and strength while impeding general performance that could lead to a prolong recovery period in which you will not be able to continue training or competing. This is why it is crucial for athletes to include training exercises that reduce the risk of developing overuse injuries.
Common injuries that swimmers experience include...
Coach Dirk, CSCS, is a sport psychology expert, performance coach, teacher, writer, journalist, and athlete. He brings over 10 years of experience as a coach, athlete, personal trainer, fitness instructor, and sports psychologist to drive athletes to build their own self efficacy and express themselves through sport. Learn more about Dirk here!