Several coaches in Chicago, who oversee volleyball, basketball and cross-country, said they noticed higher rates of anxiety in their athletes due to intense pressure from competition, tough losses and difficulties managing personal feelings such as grief or depression. Many said that their schools were not well-equipped to provide targeted mental health care for student-athletes.
The competitive nature of sports is widely known to put immense pressure on athletes at every level. Mental health professionals are now common in the elite collegiate and professional leagues, but few of them work with high school student athletes, coaches said.
Recently, St. Rita High School Athletic Director Roshawn Russell '08 met with Clara Facchetti from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism to talk about student athletes' mental health. Read the whole story at https://news.medill.northwestern.edu/