Part 1: Mental Health of Athletes & the NBA with Dr. William Parham – Episode 98

Athletes are aesthetically pleasing and like the theater, it's a venue for emotional expression. However, while we fans may be enjoying their performances we get to watch, we don't often fully appreciate the degrees of pressure on elite athletes. The win-it-all mentality presents a unique concern for the mental health among athletes. In this episode Dr. Graham Taylor is joined by Dr. William Parham the inaugural Director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Mental Health and Wellness Department. Together they discuss the psychological demands on professional and elite athletes and strategies to support their mental health. Everybody wins when you invest in the whole person and their mental health and wellness.


For more information about the NBPA Mental Health and Wellness Department, please visit:

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Study:

HBO Special - Weight of Gold:

Aeon Magazine Invisible Tattoos - article on childhood trauma in athletes:

The Positive Coaching Alliance:

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