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The Development and Evaluation of a Web-Based Program Empowering NCAA Coaches to Effectively Communicate with Student-Athletes of Concern and Make Mental Health Referrals: A Pilot Study

This project sought to address the issue of psychological well-being among student-athletes by training coaches to recognize mental health concerns and make early referrals. Coaches completed six web-based modules on the broad topics of (1) rapport building, (2) help-seeking behaviors, and (3) the referral process. Content built upon material presented online via the NCAA Sport Science Institute. Evaluation procedures included pre- and post-training questionnaires measuring coaches’ knowledge of and ability to apply module content. Additionally, post-training focus groups were conducted. Potential implications are the adoption of content into coaching education, and its dissemination to other NCAA institutions.