Title

Collegiate Sport Cultures: Mental Health within Student-Athletes

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

Various collegiate sport cultures across the nation have created a stigma around mental health creating a toxic sports environment for interdependent and dependent sport teams. Hence, creating pressure on collegiate student-athletes while enduring high expectations of carrying the role of a full-time elite studentathlete, in which can result in emotional stressors, depression, anxiety and many risk factors that can become severe on an athletes mental and physical health as a college student. Throughout many different institutions, the development of mental health resources has grown but are not universal. While some institutions seem to lack resources for student-athletes, a unique population have turned to the media for motivation and influence from professional or other collegiate athletes in the same routine as them. The author presents finding balance in athletic success as a college student while providing effective mental health tools through social media and outreach as a resource for student-athletes mental health.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Connie Robinson

Department/Program

Sociology

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Collegiate Sport Cultures: Mental Health within Student-Athletes

Ellensburg

Various collegiate sport cultures across the nation have created a stigma around mental health creating a toxic sports environment for interdependent and dependent sport teams. Hence, creating pressure on collegiate student-athletes while enduring high expectations of carrying the role of a full-time elite studentathlete, in which can result in emotional stressors, depression, anxiety and many risk factors that can become severe on an athletes mental and physical health as a college student. Throughout many different institutions, the development of mental health resources has grown but are not universal. While some institutions seem to lack resources for student-athletes, a unique population have turned to the media for motivation and influence from professional or other collegiate athletes in the same routine as them. The author presents finding balance in athletic success as a college student while providing effective mental health tools through social media and outreach as a resource for student-athletes mental health.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/COTS/121