Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Help-Seeking in Adolescent Athletes: Applying Knowledge to Practice
Thursday July 9 2020 12pm EDT
1 EBP CEU $25
Sport participation yields many physical, emotional, and social benefits such as a lowered risk for chronic disease, improved self-confidence, and stronger leadership skills. Sports present a valuable opportunity for athletes to endure “good” stress, which in turn motivates the participants to develop sound coping mechanisms to mitigate stressors and to become increasingly resilient.
Athletics, coupled with academic performance, the college decision process, and maintaining positive social relationships result in chronic stress for the adolescent student-athlete. While moderate loads of chronic stress have value in shaping resilient individuals, others may not possess the tools required to manage a multitude of stressors over time.
Improved mental health literacy may reduce barriers to mental health help-seeking. Secondary school athletic trainers may be the first to identify a mental health concern in practice and may serve as a source for adolescent athletes to improve mental health literacy.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Define mental health literacy
Outline sources of stress unique to the adolescent student-athlete
Identify stigmas associated with help-seeking
Evaluate current mental health literacy interventions
Explore the role of the AT in mental health & wellness
Precision Athletic Training will not offer refunds on this lecture. If participants cannot attend the lecture, their credit will transfer to the home study version of the course once available.