Dr. Colleen Hacker, one of EPIC’s valuable advisory board members, has been recently interviewed about the physical excellence, psychological resilience, and mental health of athletics. As an experienced mental performance consultant who serves on six Olympic games coaching staff, Dr. Hacker helps athletes deal with the pressure and the distractions during games, and coaches them with mental skills such as imagery training.
Dr. Colleen Hacker
During the interview, Dr. Hacker suggested that even the most accomplished athletes and champions had struggling moments. She also mentioned that there has been tremendous growth in athletes’ willingness to share with the world that they are human beings who experience vulnerabilities. More importantly, according to Dr. Hacker, these athletes’ bravery acknowledgments of their “less heroic” stories will draw more attention to the relationship between mental health issues and performance.
Check out the article from The New York Times to learn more about Dr. Hacker’s role as a mental skills coach in Tokyo Olympics