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Health Spotlight: Exploring and Embracing the Mind of a Young Dance Athlete

Rachel Abair

How do you react when things don’t go as planned or when life is full of change? In this workshop, resident physicians in the UCSF Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Tiana Woolridge and Dr. Faustine Ramirez, will share their experience with mental illness during their time as NCAA Division I athletes. They will discuss their unique perspective as both physicians and former high-level athletes on mental health and eating disorders among young athletes. Participants will receive concrete tools, strategies, and resources that are tailored for young dance athletes to improve mental wellness, resiliency, coping, and thus performance and life.

We will discuss:

What has been your experience with mental health issues within the field of pediatrics? What is different in the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic?

What are signs of potential mental health issues?

What are signs or disordered eating and its consequences on health and performance?

What is the definition of mental health? And what is the difference between mental health and mental illness?

What is it specifically about being involved in dance/athletics that can affect mental health — both positively and negatively?

Can you talk about the relationship between injury and mental health?

What are some concrete strategies to improve mental health?

ODC Health Spotlight — Monday, June 13 at 6:00pm. Register here. Free.




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