Mental health is a prevalent issue that regular students and especially student-athletes struggle with. Many college-athletes deal with many different obligations that cause an increase in stress. The paper will discuss the common mental health disorders that a large percentage of college students struggle with throughout their college experiences. Moreover, the paper will discuss how athlete’s deal with psychological disorders due to different factors such as dealing with injuries, ending of sports careers, and pressure from sports performances, which are stressors that cause student athletes to deal with high depression levels. In addition, Elaborate on how injuries are a prevalent issue that causes athletes to deal with negative mental health rates because of the different responses , which are regular emotional responses and problematic responses. Also, will discuss the different stressors such as performance and competition pressure, high academic expectations, and social life can cause a negative effect on a college athlete's mental health. Moreover, the paper will discuss the low percentage of college athletes not utilizing mental health resources. In addition, the paper will touch on the issue that athletes need the support system from athletic trainers and other health care professionals because it can be a positive solution to athletes that suffer from psychological disorders.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2022

Senior Project Advisor

Scott Douglas, PhD

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health & Exercise Studies

Document Type