Abstract

The mental health of athletes is a growing frontier that presents with its own specific risk factors and manifestations of different psychiatric disorders. The purpose of this project was to obtain information about specific psychological illnesses that can then be communicated to all athletes, coaches, administrators, athletic trainers, and other stake holders in the overall health of athletes as well as create an emergency action plan (EAP) for Bowling Green State University in the case of an emergent situation involving an athlete suffering from a mental illness. This project focuses on signs and symptoms of specific mental illnesses including major depressive disorder (MDD), anxiety disorders, and eating disorders as well as their specific impact on athletes and planning for an emergency where the athlete may be a danger to themselves or others. The EAP developed from this information includes specific instructions in case of an emergency, individuals to contact for notification if an emergent event takes place, important addresses, and maps if medical transport is necessary. The educational presentation created from the research in this project includes signs and symptoms of specific disorders, applicable statistics, and general instructions on how to deal with a student-athlete suffering from a psychological disorder. All of this information works to provide a comprehensive program for the Bowling Green State University sports medicine department designed to care for athletes with psychological illnesses in the safest manner possible.

Advisor

Matthew Kutz

Second Reader

Vikki Krane

Semester

Spring

Year

2016

Degree

M.Ed.

Program

Sport Administration

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