mental health

Study: suicide second-leading cause of death for college athletes

University of Washington researchers have shared the findings from a 20-year study on the mental health of college student-athletes. The findings show that suicide is the second-leading cause of death for college-aged student-athletes with the... more »

Study suggests mental health struggles prolong concussion recovery time

Researchers from the Minds Matter Concussion Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found that youth with pre-existing mental health diagnoses experienced a greater burden from emotional symptoms after concussion, as well as a prolonged time to... more »

Study: How sideline sports behavior affects young athletes

For children’s sports, there’s no doubt that parents are essential – they’re the free ferry service, the half-time orange supplier, and the local cheer squad. But when it comes to sideline behavior, some parents can... more »

ISU to study effectiveness of exercise on people with mental health struggles

An Iowa State University associate professor of kinesiology wants to know more about how and why—and what type of—exercise matters in an individual's mental health. Jacob Meyer, the ISU associate professor, is setting out on... more »

NCAA launches initiative to study online abuse in college sports

The NCAA announced today that it has engaged Signify Group to provide its Threat Matrix artificial intelligence service to support the Association in studying and responding to online abuse and threats directed at NCAA Championship... more »

Study finds negative gender stereotypes hinders performance

A recent study published in Sex Roles sheds light on how these stereotypes can significantly impact the motor performance and learning of adolescent girls in sports. Researchers found that exposure to prolonged negative gender stereotypes can hinder... more »

Athletic Mindset impacts student-athlete mental health

The Athletic Mindset Assessment believes everyone has the potential for greatness—you just have to know how best to tap into it. That’s why they created this affordable yet powerful software that gives you all the... more »

Study: Body image improves among teens after removing social media

Teens and young adults who reduced their social media use by 50% for just a few weeks saw significant improvement in how they felt about both their weight and their overall appearance compared with peers... more »

NCAA Survey: Increased Focus on Mental Health for Coaches

In an NCAA-led survey, more than 80 percent of head, assistant, and associate coaches across all three divisions reported spending more time discussing mental health with student-athletes than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic. At... more »

Study Suggests 10 Minutes of Moderate Physical Activity Helps Brain Health

A new study strapped activity monitors to the thighs of nearly 4,500 people in the United Kingdom and tracked their 24-hour movements for seven days. Researchers then examined how participants' behavior affected their short-term memory,... more »

FSU Sports Medicine Launches ‘Mind, Body, & Seminole’ Holistic Initiative

Student-athletes across the nation are placed under physical stress to perform at the peak of their abilities. What is often not talked about is the mental strain associated with playing sports at the college level.... more »

IOC Launches Long-Term Study of Olympians to Help Physical & Mental Health

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote athletes’ safety and well-being, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), along with the University of Edinburgh, has launched the IOC Olympians Health Cohort, a new long-term research project... more »

Mexican Sports Medicine Specialists Adopt Multidisciplinary Approach

With the objective of supporting the athletes of the State of Mexico, the Department of Sciences Applied to Sports develops a physical and medical follow-up of athletes in their different stages. Jorge Luis Reynoso Barbosa,... more »

Study: Sports Play Important Role in Men’s Mental Health

Sports can play a crucial role in challenging stereotypes and promoting positive mental health for boys and young men, new Australian research has concluded. "Suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 15–25... more »

Study: Team Sports Support Athletes’ Mental Health

Studies show that there are many proven mental health benefits of team sports. Playing team sports can improve a person’s mental health, especially at the youth level when tweens and kids are most vulnerable. A recent... more »

Study Finds Link Between Lack of Exercise & Depression

At one point or another, we've all heard that there's a positive correlation between strong physical health and mental health. Now we might have applicable evidence to support that statement. A recent report from MedicalXpress.com... more »

Researchers Want to Study How Sport Can Help Soldiers, Veterans

A team of university researchers is looking for veterans and active Canadian soldiers, including those from Edmonton, to participate in a study on how physical activity builds connections. The research stems from a pilot study... more »

Mental Health Tools to Bolster Athletic Facilities

The IHRSA Foundation has developed two new resources to assist health and fitness facilities when designing initiatives and programs to address consumer mental health and well-being. The IHRSA Foundation created the following resources thanks to... more »

Asian Mindfulness Practice, Wu-Wei, Shown to Boost Athletic Performance

When athletes experience the state of flow or are in the 'zone' they sometimes describe the feeling as one of effortlessness. Although their exertions may feel effortless, what their bodies achieve in terms of performance... more »

Q&A with Andrea Wieland, Penn’s Sports Performance Associate Director

Dr. Andrea Wieland, an experienced professional with more than two decades of training athletes to peak physical and mental performance, is in her third year as Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance. In her position,... more »

Achieving Level II in Athletics

Even though most athletes would tell the coach that they want to perform at their ultimate level of play, the reality is many settle for what would be called a Level I performance. Both the... more »

The Power of Proper Breathing

You might not think of it initially, but breathing plays a vital role in how you think, feel, rest, and recover. Heck, it can even have an impact on your posture and movement. A recent... more »

ASICS Aims to Support Mental Health Through Sports

ASICS is inspiring people to move and, for the first time, see the uplift on their own mind, their city, and their entire nation. As of June 1, also known as Global Running Day 2021,... more »

Why the Mental Health of Top Performing Athletes is Even More Vulnerable

Those star athletes are worthy of our society’s adoration. They are never afraid of a little adversity, no, not as they stare down the competition with a gleam in their eye that says, “I know... more »

NCAA Survey: Mental Health, More Impacted by Pandemic

As a follow-up to the NCAA Student-Athlete COVID-19 Well-Being Survey conducted in spring 2020, a similar survey conducted in the fall showed student-athletes continue to face heightened mental health concerns and barriers to sport participation. It also... more »

LSU Beach Volleyball Balancing Mental & Physical Health

Being a collegiate student-athlete, particularly at the NCAA Division I level, life is all about balance. They need balance in their diet, balance in their training, and a balance between life between the lines and... more »

Mental Health of Student-Athletes At Risk with Sports Suspension

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) recently announced that winter sports championships have been canceled and high-risk sports postponed. The result of these cancelations and postponements are leading to concerns from... more »

Cal State Fullerton Trainer Addresses Mental Health Awareness Among Athletes

Jaime Potter, the interim head athletic trainer at Cal State Fullerton, knows the importance of maintaining one's mental health during the student-athlete experience — especially during a pandemic. In a recent interview with The Daily... more »

Survey Finds Americans Lack Health & Fitness Direction

According to a recent consumer survey, Americans are having difficulty maintaining emotional balance as well as holding on to fitness goals during the COVID-19 pandemic. An Optimum Nutrition consumer survey of more than 1,000 people... more »

Utah State Names Mental Performance Coach

*This is a press release from the Utah State athletics department.  Riley Jensen, who played football at Utah State during the 1997 and 1998 seasons,... more »

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