Unit 1: Understanding the Student-Athlete


Target Objectives
By the end of this unit participants will be able to:

  • After watching media clips on student athletes and mental health from the student-athletes perspective, recognize the need to address these students.
  • Determine the most appropriate way to address their student-athletes based on stress factors.
  • Engage in an online community discussing and reflecting on their experiences


Unit 1 Lecture: The Student-Athlete

To Do

After reviewing the lecture, please watch the following TED talk videos.

In the padlet website, discuss the importance of understanding the student athlete. Discussion Page

Some topics to consider: How does a student athletes' school day differ from that of a student that does not participate in athletics? How can you address the athletes that are falling behind? What is your experience with student athletes?


After this unit, how have your views changed? Do you currently teach student athletes? If so, how do they perform in the classroom? This activity is for you to self-reflect and does not need to be documented on the discussion board.


A common practice for sports psychologist and counselors is to implement the PHQ-9 questionnaire when evaluating the mental health of their students/patients. However, the student must want to take this screening, and the results cannot be shared unless permission is given. This is a good tool to use as a jumping off point for student athletes who may be struggling that have sought additional help. PHQ-9

Next Unit: Unit 2: What is motivation?

Mini-course: Encouraging Student-Athletes' Academic Success

Portfolio: Stephanie Cerniglia

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