Sean Van Staden
Columnist
4 minute read
1 Aug 2021
8:45 am

The lesson from Biles’ withdrawal: Athletes are humans and need guidance

Sean Van Staden

Good mental health is paramount for longevity in any athlete’s career, so take not of these four things all aspiring athletes need. 

Simone Biles of the USA withdrew from Olympic competition in Tokyo citing mental health concerns. Picture: Fred Lee/Getty Images

The Olympics have been rocked by the recent exit of Olympic gymnastics champion, Simone Biles, citing “mental health issues”. After completing an event, her routine didn’t go as expected and she promptly withdrew from competition, citing her mental troubles. Local media applauded her “bravery” and for bringing mental health into the spotlight on a world stage event.  There is a lot of controversy around this because people are asking, if she had mental issues then why was she allowed to compete? The United States sports program makes a nice living for the very best of psychiatrists, psychologists and mental toughness...