Kace Boland: Redshirting for My Mental Health Recovery

The day I committed to play volleyball at Georgetown was undoubtedly the single greatest day of my life. In an instant, three grueling years of early mornings and late nights had become worthwhile. I was well acquainted with the grind. I began playing for the first time at an age when many Division I recruits…

Breezy Johnson: Team USA Skier Makes Two Injury Comebacks

Even if it ain’t broke, still work to fix it. I think the biggest reason that athletes wait too long to seek mental help is that we, and the people around us, feel that our mental game has gotten us to where we are. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ attitude turns into ‘If…

SonderMind x The Hidden Opponent Partner Page

The Hidden Opponent is proud to partner with SonderMind –a healthcare company that hopes to help you on your journey towards better mental health. Visit our partner page at hiddenopponent.withsondermind.com and scroll down below to learn more about this amazing, FREE matchmaking service that works with your insurance company! It’s like a dating site, but…

Patrick Maneval: My Racing Mind

Mental illness is the global pandemic that nobody wants to talk about. Regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other demographics, we are all susceptible to suffering from a mental health disorder at some point in our lives. Even though millions of people have a mental illness, we still stigmatize those who suffer….

Dylan Wolfe: You Are Not Weak, You Are Human

Dylan Wolfe played D1 soccer at American University until suffering a series of career-ending knee injuries. After retiring from sport, Dylan invested her time and energy into The Grassroot Project, a non-profit based in Washington, DC that seeks to advance health equity for youth through sports with the help of NCAA student-athlete volunteers. After graduating…

Norene Iosia: Athletes, Let’s Talk

Norene Iosia first posted the following text on her instagram blog @athletes.realtalk If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or thoughts of suicide, please reach out for professional help. A list of resources can be found at this link. It was the summer going into my senior year. 2019. I was a…

Triathlete Max Dunn: Racing for The Hidden Opponent

Max Dunn is a student at Indiana University -Bloomington and will be competing in the America’s Multi-Sport Festival on Saturday, September 26th in Muncie, Indiana. Max will be racing to raise awareness for mental health and The Hidden Opponent organization. He caught up with our editor the week leading up to the race to tell…

Natalie Allport: The Weight of Not Making It To The Olympics

Natalie Allport competed in slopestyle snowboarding for the Canadian National Team before retiring in 2015, though she stays active today by competing in CrossFit. She posted the following on her Instagram @natalieallport in July 2020. Natalie also founded 93 Agency, a social media marketing agency for athletes, as well as The All In Project, a…

Paul Clingan of Down Dog Athletics: Why I Quit College Baseball

Paul Clingan played Division 1 baseball at Washington State University for two years before deciding that for him “the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze” anymore. In a recent video, Paul reflects on why he actually quit college baseball and how it took him nearly ten years to realize the true reason behind his decision. He…

Jojo Cotto: Miss Independent, Coming Back From Two ACL Tears

Josephine “Jojo” Cotto is a rising junior on the women’s soccer team at the University of Pennsylvania. She first published this story at thesidelinepost.com. When I was a kid, I didn’t let my mom cut my sandwiches, because I wanted to be a “big girl.” I hated asking teachers to help me with my schoolwork, and…