As the fight for fitness industry relief continues, positive health trends are picking up pace. Since the pandemic, 3 in 4 Americans say that overall wellness is more important than ever. And access to exercise is becoming easier to attain, even for those with disabilities. Plus, new technology is emerging to provide mental health services.
New Tech Provides Student-athletes a Safe Space to Discuss Mental Health
It’s true that “mental health doesn’t have an offseason.” Ivan Tchatchouwo, founder and CEO of The Zone, a mental health and wellness coaching app, aims to cut the stigma and provide student-athletes—eventually entire college campuses—with a safe and brave space to talk about mental health and seek out resources. SportTechie reports that in just 3-5 minutes, The Zone users can log their mood and feelings, receive AI-powered feedback, and, if necessary, match with a counselor or therapist and schedule an appointment through the app. "What I figured out: kids don't know how they feel,” Tchatchouwo said. “The very reason they may not be going to [a counselor or therapist] is because they don't know how to start the conversation. Now, we just created a clear pathway within three clicks to start that conversation.”