Mental Health

Panel discusses realities of student-athlete well-being

An NCAA Convention workshop explored health, safety and wellness challenges facing student-athletes to both address the issues and raise awareness of the resources available, helping participants develop an action plan to address the specific needs of their respective athletics departments.

Mental Health Summits and Task Forces

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is committed to serving and educating student-athletes, athletics departments and member schools. To help accomplish this goal, we collaborate with prominent medical and sports medicine organizations,...

Mental Health Data and Research

Collecting and analyzing data, and then using those data to make informed decisions, is central to what we do at the Sport Science Institute. We work closely with NCAA research staff in support of efforts that promote a safe and healthy...

Mental Health Educational Resources

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is a leader in providing health and safety resources to college athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and campus partners. Together with leading medical organizations, behavioral health centers and...

Mental Health Best Practices

The NCAA Sport Science Institute and leading mental health organizations across the country have developed a seminal publication in support of college athlete mental health and wellness, an Inter-Association Consensus Document: Best...

A pragmatic approach

The University of Michigan was one of six awardees that received an NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant in 2014, the first year of the program. The grants are intended to provide tangible benefits to student-athletes, by both informing research geared toward their wellness and more directly, by creating programming aimed at enhancing well-being and mental health outcomes.

Mental health referral for student-athletes: Web-based education and training

Physically and mentally healthy student-athletes are in a good position to thrive academically, socially, and athletically. Unfortunately, many student-athletes fail to get the mental health help they need due to lack of knowledge and/or...

Developing and evaluating a model program for supporting the mental health of student athletes

Many student athletes experience mental health problems such as depression, but they are often reluctant to seek help. This project developed and evaluated a multi-faceted program to increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce the...

The Female Athlete Body Project

Female Athletes are a special population of college women, and special attention is required to inform them of the proper nutritional needs of their athletic bodies.


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