Mental Health

Mind, Body and Sport: Anxiety disorders

An excerpt from the Sport Science Institute’s guide to understanding and supporting student-athlete mental wellness that details how to identify and treat anxiety disorders.

Solving the mental health puzzle

In an excerpt from the Sports Science Institute’s guide to mental health, “Mind, Body and Sport,” University of South Carolina athletic trainer Rachel Sharpe looks at the challenges of addressing mental health in college sports.

Make the experience positive

In an excerpt from the Sports Science Institute’s guide to mental health, “Mind, Body and Sport,” Lincoln Memorial student-athlete Bradley Maldonado offers his perspective and advice as a student-athlete to managing mental health.

Moved to Action

A moving personal story shared by a teammate led Muhlenberg College junior Jason Leitmeyer to intervene in an apparent suicide attempt and possibly save a young girl’s life.

Living the dream - and waking up to reality

In an excerpt from the Sports Science Institute’s guide to mental health, “Mind, Body and Sport,” former Purdue swimming and diving coach Cathy Wright-Eger discusses the challenges coaches face in learning to help student-athletes dealing with mental health distress.

One coach’s X and O: pay attention, give permission

In an excerpt from the Sports Science Institute’s guide to mental health, “Mind, Body and Sport,” Newman coach Mark Potter explains how he came to grips with his own depression after 19 years as a coach and started spreading the message that it’s OK to seek help.

Game face isn't the only face

In an excerpt from the Sports Science Institute’s upcoming book, ‘Mind Body and Sport – Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness,’ former Notre Dame offensive lineman Aaron Taylor provides a personal testimonial to the challenges of coping with anxiety and depression.

NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program

Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant will not be offered in 2021.

The NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program supports research and data-driven pilot projects designed to enhance student-athlete psychosocial well-being and mental health. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, managing transitions (e.g., from recruit to first-year student; transferring between universities; adapting from youth sports to college sports environment; developing independence from parents), identity development, stress management, substance use, bystander intervention, cultivating healthy relationships, career exploration and sport exit strategies.  Funded projects must demonstrate potential to result in campus-level programming that can positively impact the well-being of NCAA student-athletes at a range of member institutions.

Click here to receive the next available Call for Proposals.

For more information, please contact research@ncaa.org.

NCAA grants will fund research that benefits student-athletes

Does parental involvement help collegiate student-athletes? Can athletes be put at ease when reaching out for help with their mental health? Recipients of NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice grants will look into these questions and more.

NCAA Mental Health Task Force holds first meeting

By Brian Burnsed NCAA.org Only weeks into his new role as the NCAA’s first chief medical officer, Brian Hainline roamed the wide halls at the 2013 NCAA Convention, convinced he would hear that concussions were the membership’s chief health...

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