Mind Over Sports


Posted on: July 13, 2010

When athletes seek help after hitting rock bottom, the results will generally not only improve their quality of life, but also their performance in their sport. According to a story in USA TODAY, Detroit Tigers’ first basement Miguel Cabrera hit rock bottom October 2nd, 2009 when he found himself in a jail cell wondering if he had lost his family, teammates and maybe his future. “The next day, Cabrera asked the Tigers for help. He spent three months in an outpatient clinic dealing with alcohol abuse and confessed in January during Tigers FanFest that he was a broken man. ‘He took care of a major problem’ said Tigers President David Dombrowski…Cabrera hasn’t had a drink since that night and said he feels stronger and healthier, and his statistics reveal he has never been better. His marriage, he says, has never been stronger. His wife gave birth to their second daughter, Isabella, in May, and Cabrera missed two games to be by his wife’s side. ‘What I did was bad,’ he says, ‘I know it was wrong. But a lot of good came of it. This is as happy as I’ve ever been. I’m not talking about just on the field. I’m talking about life.’” It’s not unusual for athletes, after experiencing personal problems in their lives and participate in a program involving psychotherapy, find their lives in harmony and elevate their games to a new level. Such is the case with Miguel Cabrera.


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