Mental Health Matters in Baseball: The Inspiring Journey of Dr. Deanna Nobleza

Introducing the Philadelphia Phillies’ inaugural mental health director

In her second season with the Philadelphia Phillies, Dr. Deanna Nobleza has been working to help players and coaches manage the highs and lows of baseball. As the mental health director for the team, she emphasizes that mental health is just as important as physical health in the demanding lifestyle of a professional athlete.

Nobleza has seen firsthand how rigorous travel schedules and time away from families can take a toll on players’ mental well-being. She believes that seeking help is a brave step towards improving performance both on and off the field, and she sees asking for help as a sign of strength.

One common topic among players that Nobleza discusses in her sessions is the pressure of playing in Philadelphia. Despite this, she sees the city as a good place to practice dealing with pressure, helping players to develop resilience and mental fortitude.

Beyond wins and losses, Nobleza hopes to inspire other women to pursue careers in mental health and make a difference in the field. She believes that by normalizing mental health care, she can pave the way for others to seek support and improve their overall well-being.

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