Rowan University Faculty Research Day 2023
According to the spring 2020 NCAA Well-Being Study, collegiate student-athletes reported experiencing mental health concerns due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The data indicated that student-athletes were experiencing mental health concerns 150%-250% higher than historically reported (NCAA, 2020). These concerns were prevalent among all divisions. For Division III student-athletes, mental health concerns experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic included “feeling overwhelmed by all they had to do, sleep difficulties, feeling mentally exhausted, feeling very lonely, feeling a sense of loss, and feeling very lonely and sad” (NCAA, 2020). This study indicated desired resources of Division III student-athletes included elements such as “maintaining physical fitness, mental health, and staying connected socially” (NCAA, 2020).
Bullard, JoAnne and Kim, SoJung, "The Mindful Athlete Program" (2023). Rita & Larry Salva School of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty Scholarship. 9.
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