This May marks Mental Health America's 70th year celebrating Mental Health Month! Mental health may seem like an out of place topic for a sports medicine blog, however, mental health awareness is a trending topic in the amateur and professional sports communities alike. In fact, researchers at both Drexel University and Kean University, have found that,“nearly 25% of collegiate athletes reported “clinically relevant” levels of depressive symptoms.” The American College Health Association found these numbers to be even higher. 

Athletes of any age and ability can be impacted by mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. These symptoms may present themselves in their daily lives as well as during their participation in sports. 

 While Orthopedic ONE’s Sports Medicine team cannot diagnose or treat mental health conditions, we recognize the need for athletes to address mental health concerns and recommend seeking professional help should you or your child exhibit symptoms associated with these disorders. If you would like assistance identifying local resources, contact us via our Sports Medicine Hotline and our team can help recommend specific providers. You can also find more information about mental health by visiting NCAA or Ohio Mental Health Services.

Sources: The American College Health Association, Mental Health America