Michelle Cleary, Jason Bennett
An increase in the prevalence, types, and severity of psychological disorders among adolescents and young adults is being recognized. A multidisciplinary team approach to address mental health concerns among student-athletes, including well-developed referral and management plans, is important in the health care setting. Athletic trainers are often the first to notice subtle changes indicative of psychopathology, and have the ability to appropriately intervene and refer student-athletes as necessary. The purpose of this study was to investigate the psychological management practices of college and university athletic trainers in Orange, California. A descriptive exploratory online questionnaire was used to obtain information regarding psychological management protocols, multidisciplinary health care teams, experience with psychological concerns among student-athletes and education programs about mental concerns for staff and students. Analysis of data included descriptive percentages of the total sample. Results compared the psychological management practices of participants to the gold standard outlined by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Inter-Association Recommendations for Developing a Plan to Recognize and Refer Student-Athletes With Psychological Concerns at the Collegiate Level: An Executive Summary of a Consensus Statement. Findings of the study concluded the compliance level of college and university athletic trainers in Orange, California to the recommendations set out by NATA. Furthermore, the study outlined the clinical implications for athletic trainers and identified areas of improvement for the profession.
Alexander, Hannah L.; Tselikis, Paulina; Cleary, Michelle A.; Nottingham, Sara L.; and Bennett, Jason, "Characterizing Psychological Management Practices of College and University Athletic Trainers in Orange, California" (2015). Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters. 165.