Experts recommend athletic trainers focus on student mental health

September 26, 2013

An expert panel in the US is recommending that student-athlete trainers focus on looking out for signs of mental health problems among students as the trainers are in a unique position to reach out to the students and suggest counselling. Dr. Thomas Schwenk, Dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and specialist in mental illness among athletes, says it can be especially hard to convince a student athlete that it’s okay to have mental health issues because there tends to be a stigmatization among the athlete population. The panel also recommends that trainers should develop a relationship with their institution’s mental health services and be prepared for the need for an emergency referral for instances when students become a threat to themselves or others. Globe and Mail (Reuters)