Student Athlete Mental Health Topics, Issues and Discussion

5 Mental Health Topics Every Student Athlete Should Know About

Being a student athlete is no easy feat.

You have to juggle schoolwork, practices, games, and everything in between.

It's a lot to handle, and it can be easy to let your mental health slip through the cracks.

That's why it's important to be aware of the mental health topics that are most relevant to student athletes.

Here are 5 of the most important ones:

1. Time Management
2. Stress Management
3. Goal Setting
4. Eating Disorders
5. Depression

1. Time Management
One of the most important things for student athletes is learning how to manage their time effectively.

With so many things going on, it's easy to get behind, feel overwhelmed, and feel out of control.

That's why time management is so important.

By learning how to properly manage your time, you can make sure that you're getting everything done that you need to without feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.

There are a ton of different time management strategies out there, so find one that works best for you and stick with it!

Soon we will have a blog resource for you here as well!

2. Stress Management

Feeling overstressed is one of the most common mental health issues faced by student athletes.

With everything that you have to do, it's no wonder that you might feel overwhelmed at times.

But it's important to remember that stress is normal and there are ways that you can manage it effectively.

Some stress management techniques include exercise, breathing exercises, journaling, and relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation.

Find what works best for you and make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to de-stress!

We'll have more resources on stress management added to the blog soon!

3. Goal Setting
Another important thing for student athletes is setting and achieving goals.

This means on the court and field, but most importantly, off the field, too.

Having something to work towards can help keep you motivated and on track when things get tough.

And when you achieve your goals, it's a great way to boost your confidence and self-esteem!

When setting goals, make sure they're specific, achievable, and realistic.

These are called "S.M.A.R.T." goals.

And don't forget to celebrate your accomplishments along the way!

Reward yourself in small, healthy ways as you accomplish a goal keeps you motivated and encouraged.

4. Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can be a serious issue faced by student athletes.

With the pressure to perform at a high level, some athletes may start restricting their food intake or purging after meals in an attempt to lose weight or improve their athletic performance.

This is not a long term competitive strategy that you can maintain and remain competitive.

Even worse, this can lead to serious health problems.

If you think you or someone you know may be struggling with an eating disorder, please reach out for help from a professional immediately!

5. Depression
Last but certainly not least, depression is another mental health issue faced by many student athletes.

The pressure to succeed can sometimes be too much to handle, leading some athletes to feel hopeless or helpless.

The end of sports can lead to feelings of fear and isolation.

Some of the loneliest people are competitors who wonder, "WHO AM I" without my sport?

Getting injured can also contribute to feelings of depression.

If you're feeling down more often than not or if you noticed a change in the behavior of a teammate, please reach out for help!

There are plenty of resources available (including counseling) that can help you get back on track!

Mental health is an important topic for all students, but it's especially important for student athletes who answer to multiple people (coaches, teachers, AND parents).

It can be overwhelming at times.

By being aware of the most common mental health issues faced by student athletes and knowing how to address them, you can set yourself up for success both on and off the field!