Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple


Young Athlete Mental Health, featuring Mai Uchida, MD

Season 5, Ep. 11

At what point are we pushing our young athletes too hard? We all watched 15-year-old Russian Olympic skater, Kamila Valieva, exit the ice in tears after a doping scandal. Where did the adults in her life fail her? What can be done to make sure situations like this don’t happen again?

These are the questions Gene and Khadijah try to answer this week, with the help of former competitive skater turned child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Mai Uchida, MD.

Dr. Uchida is passionate about supporting youth athlete mental health and has written about Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, and interviewed Mirai Nagasu. This week, she shares her perspective and ideas of how to move the athletic world in a healthier direction for our young people.

Media List:

Figure Skating's Identity Crisis: Supporting Our Young Athletes (MGH Clay Center)

Naomi Osaka - Shining Light on Athlete Mental Health (MGH Clay Center)

Simone Biles - Choosing Mental Health Over Defending Olympic Gold (MGH Clay Center)

Chapter 1: Teen Champion (A Mental Health Conversation With Mirai Nagasu) (Youtube)

What If My Child Is Prescribed an SSRI? (MGH Clay Center)

Is age 27 the new 18? - Shrinking It Down (MGH Clay Center) 

Stop Asking Why America Doesn't Win Olympic Medals in Women's-Singles Skating (The Cut)

How victims like the US gymnasts move forward after years of sexual abuse (ABC News)

10 Important Steps for Parenting Young Athletes (MGH Clay Center)

Ted Lasso Season 1 Trailer (Youtube)

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