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Resilience for the Rocky Road: Supporting First-Year Student-Athletes in Their Transition to College

The transition from high school to college brings many challenges, yet also presents the opportunity for personal growth and development. Currently, several NCAA institutions offer programming to aid student-athletes in this transition. At present, these programs vary considerably among institutions and little data to evaluate effectiveness have been collected. Because of the variation between organizations, we created and led in-person and online resilience-based educational programs with a specific focus on developing resilience-based skills at two different universities. The differences between the online and in-person sections in terms of student-athlete outcomes were negligible. Overall, student-athletes indicated that engaging in the program was beneficial for their transition to college and for their future collegiate careers, that they had taken specific steps to develop several resilience-based skills, and over 90% suggested future freshman student-athletes be allowed to engage in the program.