Psychological and Emotional Stress in Athletes

Goals

The goal is to find psychological and emotional challenges that athletes face during training and competition in order to understand how to manage this stress.

Early Findings

  • The NCAA says that while most people are aware that physical injuries are commonplace in sports, not many think about the emotional affects of getting a sports injury, such as depression, anger, loss of sleep, and lack of motivation.
  • Coaches should look out for emotional symptoms that come along with physical injuries and encourage their players to seek help when needed and keeping them involved in the team. Some players may feel that seeking treatment makes them look weak.
  • One study shows that athletes commonly experience three types of pyschological stressors. These types are competitive stressors, such as pressure to win or competition for team places, organizational stressors such as training issues and incompatibility with teammates, and personal stressors such as family struggles.
  • Athletes also often struggle with emotional stress outside of sports that are directly related to sports, such as missing commitments due to training or family stress due to their sports needs.
  • Sport psychologists are becoming more popular in athletics. They work with athletes to cope with all kinds of emotional and psychological stress and have been shown to actually increase a player's performance.

Proposed next steps:

You need to be the project owner to select a next step.