Which psychologists are making a splash in the NFL?
With the NBA playoffs on the horizon and the NFL looking for ways to make its fan base more diverse, the NFL has been looking to new ways to promote diversity in the ranks.
But now, a new report from the American Psychological Association (APA) reveals the NFL could be losing out on the next generation of leaders in mental health, which is not all that good news.
As part of a larger initiative called “The Next Generation,” APA has created a list of psychologists in the league to look out for in order to better serve their teams and players.
The list has grown from a mere six psychologists last year to 12 now.
The list includes several psychologists with decades of experience in mental-health issues.
While these are highly qualified professionals, some of them have worked in sports in the past, while others may have worked with NFL players in the last decade or two.
The APA said in a press release that these psychologists are “professionally trained and credentialed to address a wide range of topics.”
The APA’s report states that while they are highly experienced in the field, some psychologists are also working outside the field.
One psychologist, for example, has worked with former NFL players and coaches, as well as the NFLPA, the organization that represents NFL players.
The report also says that some of these psychologists may not have the expertise to properly train their players on mental-illness issues.
The APIA, which has been advocating for the NFL to change its practices, said in the release that “the NFL is not in a position to meet the needs of players or to ensure that its teams are not under-represented on these lists.
The NFL’s lack of diversity in mental illness training, and the difficulty in developing and implementing mental health policies that reflect the diversity of its fans, means the league’s efforts will not be successful.”
The NFLPA also weighed in on the APA report.
“We commend APA for taking a hard look at how it can best serve the league and its players, and for taking this initiative to ensure the league is creating more opportunities for its players and its employees,” said Dan Campbell, executive director of the NFL Players Association.
“We look forward to continuing to work with APA and others on this issue and are pleased to hear that APA is taking this important step.”
The list of “The Best of the Best” psychologists includes psychologists with extensive experience in professional sports.
But some of those psychologists are working outside of sports.
The group includes psychologists working in academia, business, the military, government, and private practice.
The top-performing psychologist is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University.
The second-highest-ranked psychologist is a psychiatrist at University of Pennsylvania.
The top-rated psychologist is also a former NFL player.
A player who was born in the 1970s was among the 12 people on the list.
A former player who is now retired said the list highlights the need for better mental-wellness training.
“I think it’s important for people to know what it’s like to have a concussion, and I think it needs to be looked at by everyone,” said former NFL linebacker Anthony Barr, who retired in March.
“It’s not about just one person.
I think we need to do more for the entire community.
I’m not trying to put a label on it, but we need more mental-training for everybody.”
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