Mental health is a historically overlooked topic in sports, contributing to a phenomenon of elite athletes withdrawing from competition, suffering from the athlete identity, and, in more serious cases, attempting suicide. The central aim of this book is to demonstrate how ignoring athlete’s emotional struggle in modern competition is a harmful, outdated approach to sport while offering mindset strategies to overcome the toughest moments in an athlete’s journey: defeat, injury and retirement.
The book provides updated research from experts and experiences from professional athletes to shed light on why mental health well-being is critical in sport and how the modern athlete can navigate their own sports journey. Established coping skills and resources for athletes are sparse as the stigma around mental health in sports discourages attention to the topic. While the book does take on difficult subject matters that are not always discussed in sport, the intent of the book is to change the narrative that elite competition does not have to continue the negative trend of athlete’s suffering mental health.
About Kimberly Carducci
Kimberly Carducci is a former D1 Swimmer & Mental Health Advocate. She was a 4-time State Champion, 4-time Scholastic All-American, 4-time All-State Selection and an 8-time All-American Honoree. She was a member of the 2005 Georgia Zone Team and was a member and individual champion on the 2007 Georgia Zone Team. Recruited to compete at The University of North Carolina, Carducci garnered accolades including National College Swimmer of the Week.
Her personal journey of overcoming severe depression after retiring from sport drives her to educate athlete’s on how best to manage the toughest moments of elite competition.
Carducci currently resides in Atlanta and has since picked up recreational tennis as her new sports endeavor. She’s an avid reader and loves to dive into athlete memoirs and personal growth topics (send her your book suggestions!). Follow her social media accounts to stay up-to-date with future content, @everythingathletesdotcom.
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