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Mind, Body and Sport: Harassment and discrimination – LGBTQ student-athletes

By Susan Rankin and Genevieve Weber Perhaps nowhere is the expression “the only constant is change” more evident than in higher education. The experiences of college students, including student-athletes, are ever changing, which means that...

Mind, Body and Sport: Harassment and discrimination – ethnic minorities

By Terrie Williams While previous sections of this publication talked at length about common stressors on student-athlete mental health because of the unique position these students are in as athletes, cultural factors exist that...

Mind, Body and Sport: Risk factors in the sport environment

By Emily Kroshus Many mental health disorders are at least partially rooted in genetic biological predispositions (genetic vulnerability). However, genetic vulnerability is not destiny – environmental stressors and resources play a...

Mind, Body and Sport: Student-athletes in transition

By Penny Semaia It’s been 10 years since I last strapped on a helmet and played the game that has done so much for me. Yet, I still have this bond with football that seems to never go away. It’s almost like a sixth sense that pops up when...

Mind, Body and Sport: Post-concussion syndrome

By David Coppel Over the last decade, sport-related concussions have become an important focus within the general sports injury and sports medicine field. Clinical and research studies regarding this form/context of mild traumatic brain...

Mind, Body and Sport: How being injured affects mental health

By Margot Putukian Injuries, while hopefully infrequent, are often an unavoidable part of sport participation. While most injuries can be managed with little to no disruption in sport participation and other activities of daily living,...

Mind, Body and Sport: Education-impacting disabilities and the NCAA waiver process

By Marcia Ridpath The population of students with disabilities is growing in the postsecondary setting. One of the reports provided by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that students with disabilities represented...

Mind, Body and Sport: Suicidal tendencies

By David Lester While there’s no “good” news when it comes to suicide, the silver lining at least is that it is not especially common in undergraduate college and university students. Some studies report suicide rates that are lower than...

Mind, Body and Sport: Sleeping disorders

By Michael Grandner There’s a reason most people spend about one-third of their lives asleep. Sleep is not a passive state of rest, but an active state of rebuilding, repair, reorganization and regeneration. During waking hours, we engage...

Mind, Body and Sport: Gambling among student-athletes

By Jeffrey L. Derevensky and Tom Paskus Gambling remains one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, with multinational corporations investing billions of dollars to attract customers. While age restrictions exist in most...

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