044 | Body Image and Mental Health In Female Athletes | with Victoria Garrick

Today’s guest is so wise beyond her years; you would never know she is just a senior at USC. When I met Victoria Garrick for the first time, I was blown away. This young woman is changing the world as we speak. She is a force, and she is not gonna go down without being heard.

A walk-on libero for the USC volleyball team, Victoria is now in the record books as one of the best liberos in school history. This holds a special place in my heart; as you know, I played at USC and graduated in 2009.

Beyond being an incredible athlete, she has become a leading voice for young women and college athletes around the country. She’s been featured on Players Tribune for her work on body image, and she’s already given a Ted Talk on mental health in athletics. She’s hard at work to change the conversation we have with our bodies.

I am so proud of all that she is doing, and as someone who has struggled with my own eating disorder, this conversation of healing hits home for me. Please share this conversation with the young women in your life; this is something I wish I’d heard when I was younger.

the platform podcast with kelli tennant; body image and mental health in female athletes, sports, women in sports, self-love, self-care, positive thinking, health and wellness, victoria garrrick, los angeles, usc, university of southern california

Today on The Platform…

  • Moving beyond the habit of hiding your own unhappiness

  • The effect of social media on young women’s body images

  • The dangers of “I’ll be happy when …”

  • Being the boss of your own life

  • Consciously avoiding codependent relationships

  • Victoria’s Ted Talk

  • Photoshopped bodies vs. real bodies

  • Giving yourself permission to speak your truth and love your body

  • Shifting away from negative self talk: would you speak to a friend the way you speak to yourself?


Leina Megurikami