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Athlete Stress

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Athlete Stress

  1. 1. Stress is almost inevitable for college students, but student athletes seem to endure more stress than normal.
  2. 2. “While it’s not clear whether the source of challenges to student-athlete mental well being is the same as those non-athletes face, collegiate athletes are known to encounter unique stressors that the general population doesn’t have to deal with, such as time demands, relationships with coaches, and missed scheduled classes,” the NCAA stated on their official website.
  3. 3. Ryan Larkin, an athletic trainer for the Men’s Tennis and Women’s Soccer Teams at DU hears these stresses expressed by athletes on a regular basis.
  4. 4. “The mentality to overcome physical stress leads to other stresses, whether it’s pressure to perform in the classroom or on the playing field, athletes definitely have to deal with a lot,” Ryan Larkin explained.
  5. 5. Pressure to perform on the field as well as the classroom are only a few stress factors of a student-athletes everyday life.
  6. 6. Adding the weight room and conditioning practices to student- athlete schedules can either relieve or create stress says Gary Boros, the Assistant Sports Performance Coach at DU.
  7. 7. “We understand that not everyone likes or wants to lift weights, but we have to push our athletes out of their comfort zones and make them do things they are uncomfortable with. This alone can force other stresses on top of whatever else they have going on,” said Gary Boros.
  8. 8. Having a balanced diet adds to the stress of being a college athlete, says sophomore Cristiana Behnken.
  9. 9. “It’s like a domino effect. If you don’t have a full night of sleep, you don’t wake up to eat. So then you get to practice with no energy and barely stay awake in your classes,” says Cristiana Behnken.
  10. 10. Keeping up with social pressures of “college life” can also add various stress to student-athletes.
  11. 11. According to a survey that the NCAA conducted in 2014, 44 percent of male athletes and 33 percent of female athletes said that they had drank excessively in the past 12 months.
  12. 12. Heather Turcios, a freshmen soccer player says, “It builds stress when you see your friends going out and you know you can’t go to relieve the stress you’re already under.”
  13. 13. Ryan Larkin suggest that athletes talk to someone, go outside, read a book, or talk to a professional when it comes to dealing with stress.

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