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September 21, 2019
The NBA is expanding mental health guidelines it adopted last season. Starting this year, all teams must have at least one mental health professional on their full-time staff. The league discussed the new rules at a meeting in Chicago last week.
The league adopted new rules that require teams to add at least one full-time licensed mental health professional a psychologist or behavioral therapist to their full-time staff. Teams will also be required, starting this season, to retain a licensed psychiatrist to assist when needed.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ five-time NBA All-Star player Kevin Love hit a wall two years ago in the middle of a game against the Atlanta Hawks.
His heart was racing, he couldn’t think, the room was spinning, he recalled in an essay for The Players’ Tribune:
That 2017 panic attack, as well as Love’s own public discussion of his struggles with anxiety and depression, helped prompt the NBA players’ association to sketch out a new framework last season to help professional basketball players struggling with the pressures of the game and mental health issues.