Athletes speaking out about mental health helps ease stigma

The link between one’s body and mind is a crucial part of everyday life. 

For Olympic-level athletes, athletes who require absolute synchronicity between body and mind, a breakdown in that link caused by stress, anxiety, changes in diet or sleep schedule can alter an athlete’s mental health and potentially  cost them the millisecond, small degree of rotation or inch they need to perform at their peak. 

Simone Biles will not compete in Thursday's all-around finals.

Instead of suffering in silence, athletes today are speaking out about their mental health struggles, shining light on the important bond between mental health and athletic performance. 

After withdrawing from Thursday’s individual all-around competition, four-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles spoke about her battle with the “twisties,” the inability to gain control of your body while spinning in the air.