A Conversation with Olympian Rachael Flatt (Mental Health Awareness Month 2021)

We continue our series during Mental Health Awareness Month discussing mental health issues facing athletes. Think that professional athletes have it all together and there aren’t any pressures? How about if you make the Olympics for your sport? Everything will be great from there on out, right? It’s easy to walk away. No pressures…..well maybe not the case. How can an athlete still make an impact in their sport after the competition ends? Today on the podcast we are joined by a former Olympic figure skater, soon to have her doctorate in psychology. We’ll talk about her athletic career and how she is now making her mark in the world of mental health of the athlete.

All of these things are things to consider. Today on the podcast, I have a very special guest to me. My son. He suffered a sports injury his sophomore year which led to a significant acute decline in his mental health. We are going to discuss his experiences and his story.


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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Guest on this Program:

Rachel Flatt - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadRachel Flatt: 

Rachael Flatt is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research primarily focuses on eating disorders in athletes and digital mental health tools. She is also a 2015 graduate from Stanford University with a degree in biology and a minor in psychology.

In the world of athletics, she placed 7th in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in ladies figure skating, and was the 2010 US National Champion and the 2008 World Junior Champion. She retired from competitive skating in 2014 and continues to play an active role in the sports community as an athlete representative for the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Nominating and Governance Committee, Mental Health Task Force, and Racial and Social Justice Council. She also serves on US Figure Skating’s Board of Directors and as US Figure Skating’s Chair of the Athletes Advisory Committee.