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Collegiate athletes and athletic departments confront mental health

Pain and stress when losing at competitions. Annoyance and frustration. Melancholy and burnout in sports.
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Pain and stress when losing at competitions. Annoyance and frustration. Melancholy and burnout in sports.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka and swimmer Michael Phelps are among a growing number of professional athletes who’ve been open about their mental health.

Collegiate athletes are stepping up too, to say they need more support.

Today, we hear from Fairfield University Division I swimmer Will Robinson, who has become an ambassador for mental health awareness.

And Quinnipiac University rugby coach Becky Carlson joins us to talk about the role coaches can play to support the whole athlete, both physically and mentally to help them perform their best.

If you played college sports, did you feel supported by your coaches and team?

GUESTS:

  • Will Robinson - Junior, at Fairfield University majoring in Biology. He is also a Division I swimmer
  • Becky Carlson - head women’s rugby coach at Quinnipiac University
  • Dr. Jim Taylor, PhD - specializes in the psychology of performance

Connecticut Public intern Sara Gasparotto helped to produce this episode.

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