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The Power of Mental Maintenance

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An Olympic Gymnast, entrepreneur and part owner of the Chicago Red Stars, Joshua Dixon has a unique perspective regarding LGBTQ+ inclusivity in sports and his personal journey becoming an openly out athlete in gymnastics. Leading the Stanford Cardinal to win the 2011 NCAA Championship, he went on to win several bronze medals in the Winter Cup. Since graduating from Stanford and moving on from USA Gymnastics, Josh has championed for matters of racial/gender equity and LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport.

In this video, Josh discusses the value of having a coach that takes the time to get to know you on a personal level. He shared that he remembers many of his coaches for what they did outside of the gym more rather than what they did inside of the gym. Josh goes on to state the importance of mental maintenance and taking care of one's mental health, urging coaches to incorporate that piece of the puzzle into their everyday coaching routines.