A student-athlete’s mental health might generate less conversation compared to their physical health, but it is just as important. It makes little sense to try to separate the mind from the body. One affects the other. Medical problems often have psychological or emotional consequences. Psychological problems, which can include eating disorders and substance-related problems, typically have medical consequences. Student-athletes who suffer from depression after an injury illustrate the relationship between physical and mental health. At the same time, some depressed student-athletes are at increased risk of injury. Given the interrelationship between the physical and mental, it might be helpful to view student-athletes with mental health problems as injured in the same manner as student-athletes with physical or medical problems. As with physical injuries, mental health problems may affect athletic performance and limit, or even preclude, training and competition until successfully managed and treated.
College students, including athletes, may be at risk for mental health problems because:
Last Updated: Jun 6, 2013