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An Athlete’s Mental Health Story and How it Impacted the Relationships Around Her

Gianna Salzbrunn is a  senior on the Track & Field at Eastern Michigan University. Gianna was going through the typical schedule of a student-athlete but became quickly overwhelmed. She started her college experience, dealing with her grandfather’s illness, putting her dog down, and starting college. However, during one practice, she showed negative emotions, and her

September 21, 2020 Janice Shin

Two Time Olympian, Brandi Chastain, on Helping to Guide Women in Soccer and in Life

LRT Sports and brandi Chastain discuss mental health during the pandemic, college recruiting, and advice from Brandi on getting outside of your comfort zone. If you should ever be reminiscing about women’s soccer, it’s a sure thing that this iconic soccer player will come up in conversation. You know whom I’m talking about, yes, Brandi

September 17, 2020

University of Alabama’s Life Coach on Assisting Bama’s Student-Athletes

Dr. Gary Cramer has been a Life Coach for the Athletic Department at the University of Alabama since 2003. He describes his coaching style as “Fifth Quarter Coaching.” He is passionate about helping all student-athletes at the University of Alabama by assisting them with setting achievable goals, creating action plans, creating accountability, and following through.

July 9, 2020

Victoria Garrick, Former USC Volleyball Player, and Current Mental Health & Body Image Advocate Gives Advice to Athletes

Victoria Garrick was a walk-on volleyball player at the University of Southern California. She became a four-year starter and currently holds the record for the top five most digs in program history. She is a former Division I and a semi-professional athlete, and a mental health and body image advocate.  During Garrick’s sophomore year of

July 6, 2020

An Athlete and Bulimia

Bulimia is an emotional disorder involving distortion of body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting. The disorder can be life-threatening. People with this condition binge eat and then take steps to avoid weight gain. Although purging after

June 15, 2020

How the Coronavirus is Affecting College Athletes

Introduction Unimaginable is the first word that comes to mind when I think about how this coronavirus is affecting college athletes. As a former Division I athlete, I do not believe there are enough words to explain the heartbreak, sadness, and confusion that student-athletes around the country must be feeling. For many athletes, the coronavirus

March 30, 2020

A Student-Athlete’s Battle With Mental Health

“I experienced body-shaming from my coach; it made me feel like I was not good enough.” These are the words of Kristi, a Division I student-athlete who has been struggling with her mental health while competing at her ‘dream school’. She is not alone; about 22% of young adults aged 18-25 experience any form of

February 13, 2020

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