Teen Athletes Struggling with Depression

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association found through a recent study that higher levels of negative emotional states are being reported by student-athletes in high school. They stated that while parents and coaches are often the best to remedy the situation, they can also make it worse. Today’s trend in high-school sports is to copy the methods and increased intensity of playing college-level sports.

Playing sports on a regular basis typically can boost physical and mental health. For serious high-school athletes, sports can also be a contributor to depression and anxiety. Many of these athletes train year-round and may be counting on an athletic scholarship to afford college tuition. These athletes’ fear of getting hurt and falling behind, pressure to compete and win, as well as extra hours of practice cutting into homework, socializing, and sleeping-time all can contribute to an increase in anxiety or lead to depression.

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