Episode 172: How can we better support the mental health of college athletes?

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How can we better support the mental health of college athletes?

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J.T. Barrett – Ohio State quarterback
Deshaun Watson – Clemson quarterback
Jadeveon Clowney – Houston Texans linebacker
DeMar DeRozan – Toronto Raptors guard
Daniel Engelbrecht – German soccer player

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One Response to Episode 172: How can we better support the mental health of college athletes?

  1. Hi Dr. Geier,

    RE: mental health of athletes

    I have never been sadder and more depressed than I was in my first year of university. I was on the varsity hockey team at a competitive Canadian university. The coach was extremely hard on many of the players, especially me. I felt as though I was completely worthless. As an 18 year old who wanted nothing more than to be a part of the team, I found it impossible to stand up for myself and my own mental health. There was a sports psychologist who came to all the practices, games, team and player meetings etc. This person was supposed to support and advocate for the players. Unfortunately, she was completely useless and never had the guts to stand up to the head coach. The head coach was never questioned by the higher ups, because the team kept winning. It’s nice to say things like “we should have a sports psychologist on staff” but it is meaningless unless the people in charge are willing to take the mental health of the athletes seriously. I don’t play hockey anymore, and in fact never played again after that year.

    Thanks for bringing attention to this issue.

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