Stress to Sleep

gi_sleepvstress-jpgFor years our parents have told us to get to bed early for a good night’s sleep. We all know the eight hours a night rule that has been engrained in our thinking. It is safe to say that our parents were right. Eight hours of sleep is something that we should strive for every night. Not receiving adequate sleep hinders brain development and the process of neural pathway strengthening. It is found that less than 10 percent of students receive eight or more hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation can also cause health issues such as depression and headaches. These symptoms could make a hard day even worse. Sleep in college is hard to come by but not impossible. Distractions are the biggest thing that takes away from sleep. In order to eliminate distractions, try avoiding being on your phone, laptop, or any other piece of technology before going to bed. The classic five more minutes on your phone can turn into hours if not careful. Hours that could have been spent sleeping. Adequate sleep can help you get through your day with a clear and focused mind.

Conner, Jerusha. “Sleep to Succeed.” US News. U.S.News & World Report, 22 July 2015. Web. 10 Nov. 2016.

Pay The Student-Athlete?

2274738_origIt is no secret that college is expensive. It is also no secret that colleges and universities also make millions off of their athletic programs. College student-athletes are fed up with universities, essentially, making millions off of an athlete’s talent. College is stressful and adding a very competitive component in that of athletics makes college even more stressful. Being a college athlete is a job. You are expected to show up to every practice as well as perform at a high level in every competition. If one’s performance is not adequate you could lose your spot on the athletic roster. This type of pressure only fuels the argument on why student-athletes should get paid for their talents. Student-athletes are doing a service that goes far beyond representing their respective schools. They are huge markets for college sports in which universities can make millions of dollars off of a single player. To put it in perspective, the NCAA is a $6 billion dollar a year business. The athlete might receive a scholarship but not adequate reimbursement for how much money is being generated for the school. Student-athletes are put under a tremendous amount of stress, a little compensation will not hurt the student-athlete nor hurt the college in the end.

“Should NCAA Athletes Be Paid?” US News. U.S.News & World Report, 2 Apr. 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2016.


Negatives of Stress and The Student-Athlete

anxiety-personMost people believe that student-athletes have an easier time in college. They are center stage and have a lot of things going for them such as being part of something bigger than themselves and being part of a community. There are also some downsides to being a student-athlete. Student-athletes are 15% more likely to develop mental health issues due to an increased amount of stressors in their lives. Student-athletes are students just like everyone else attending higher education. They have the same amount of responsibilities in the classroom but are also under a lot of pressure to perform athletically. This can be overwhelming to most people and can be as severe as causing depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Excessive anxiety can hinder performance in the classroom and on the athletic arena. A lower performance will only raise the levels of stress. Constant stress can take a toll on a person’s body and mind. It is important to find a way to destress. Seeking help can sometimes be the most effective way, sometimes unpopular, to manage stress. The method does not matter but the end result, dealing with stress, is the main goal.

Kozlowski, Frank. “Stress and the Student Athlete.” Hawkeye. N.p., 4 Dec. 2013. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.

Injured Student-Athletes

injury-02Every student-athlete has the drive to win. No one who has accepted a scholarship to participate in collegiate athletics is looking to loose every game, match, or meet. Athletes also do not look to injure themselves in the process. Injuries are well known to be setbacks in the process of training. When training it is important to have as few setbacks as possible. Setbacks are stressful and based on a study published in Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd can reduce life satisfaction. A total of 123 student-athletes with varying injuries were examined. Injuries that ranged from minor, out of the sport for less than a week, or major, out of the sport for more than 21 days. After categorizing the injury, a trend emerged. The trend was logical and easy to follow. The more days an injury forced an athlete out of the sport; the lower the score of life satisfaction. This was due to a number of different reasons, such as, the stress of never playing to the ability prior to the injury, lack of support, and not being able to do what they loved most. It is hard taking and nursing an injury. The results of this study just prove how difficult an effect it has on a person’s satisfaction.


Why Are We Stressed?

stressed-out-man-clock-stacks-getty-crop-600x338Why are college students worried and stressed out all of the time? Most believe it is due to the lack of jobs that are waiting for graduates. It is true that the goal of earning a degree is to potentially get a job but is it really what students are worried about in their four years of college. The answer is no. Most students do not even talk about a job in day to day conversations. The American environment has transformed into a culture of worriers. Anxiety disorder has surpassed depression for the number one mental health issue in America. The American productivity suffers and the issue of anxiety does not go away. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it costs the United States $300 billion in medical bills and lost productivity each year.  We are living in times of great innovation and safety but still are worried and stressed out. It is part of the American culture. Everything in America is moving at 100 miles per hour and sometimes we just forget to sit back and take a breath.

Clark, Taylor. “American Anxiety: The Three Real Reasons Why We Are More Stressed than Ever Before.” Slate Magazine. N.p., 31 Jan. 2011. Web. 14 Oct. 2016.

Athlete vs Non-Athlete

capThe life of a student-athlete does not end after a degree is earned. Student-athletes, like most students, enter the workforce in search of careers and jobs that will benefit them financially. Most all students continue to strive for a healthy lifestyle of a balanced social life, professional life and exercise daily. These traits are something that will help improve one’s quality of life. According to a study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine some college graduates, specifically, non-athletes, have a higher quality of life compared to graduates who have competed in collegiate sports at the division 1 level. The study showed that former athletes scored higher on chronic stress, fatigue, and a higher risk of injury due to their history of overtraining and the high levels of stress experienced through collegiate athletics. The conclusion made by the study shows that moderate exercise is most effective and can be done for years on end. People who scored higher on the quality of life test were those who exercised moderately throughout their whole lives.

Simon, Janet E. “Current Health-Related Quality of Life Is Lower in Former Division I Collegiate Athletes Than in Non–Collegiate Athletes.” The Journal of Sports Medicine. N.p., 01 Feb. 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2016.

Plan for The Future

So you make it college! You are admitted to your dream school and begin your first semester with the world at your fingertips. Naturally, you declare a major that you are most passionate about rather than the value it holds in the workforce. After a year of higplan-003h stress and a lot of studying, you realize that the sacrifice of going to university is only worth it if you choose a degree that will pay you back. This can be very stressful. Most students feel pressured choosing a degree that they are not passionate about but rather that will pay well in the future. This can be a struggle for majors such as English, history, and the arts. These majors are very interesting but the demand for them is limited. It is a tough world and sometimes the biggest sacrifice is choosing a major that will pay in the end. This sacrifice does not limit you from giving up your passion but rather making your passion a hobby as an alternative. Thinking of the future can cause students the most stress but planning for the future can prevent that stress.

Gomez, Kari. “Is College Worth The Stress?” The Odyssey Online. Walla Walla University, 16 May 2016. Web. 6 Oct. 2016.

How Athletes Deal with Stress

995stressAthletes across many different cultures and even schools have many different forms of dealing with stress. Coping with the high-stress lifestyle of being a college athlete is literally part of being involved in collegiate athletics. Studies have been conducted in order to attempt to understand the different types of coping methods used by various student-athletes. The study Coping Style Following Acute Stress in Competitive Sport shows the differences of coping mechanisms between collegiate athletes in the United States and collegiate athletes in Australia. It is very interesting to think that different cultures and environments could have a direct relationship with how athletes cope with stress. When athletes or teammates were underperforming, Australian athletes used emotions to cope with stress such as feeling anger towards teammates, coaches, or themselves. Unlike the US athletes who scored higher on task-based coping. Task-based coping being: immediately doing exercise to deal with stress or focusing on the next task and not dwelling on the stressor. Not all coping methods differed between United States athletes and Australian athlete; for example, both countries athletes believed planning for the future was a method for not only coping with stress but also preventing the stressor altogether. This study was very interesting giving an insight on how athletes from different parts of the world deal with stress that being an athlete can bring.

Anshel, Mark, L.R.T Williams, and Sheila M. Williams. Coping Style Following Acute Stress in Competitive Sport. Journal of Social Psychology, 31 Dec. 2000. Web. 6 Oct. 2016.

Risks of Chronic Stress in Student-Athletes

imgres-1The NCAA is shedding light on the fact that student athletes face just as many struggles, if not more than, the normal college student. According to a study by the American College Health Association, 30% of student athletes felt depressed and 50% felt overwhelmed. These numbers provide insight into the busy and sometimes unhealthy lifestyle of student athletes. Being stressed and overwhelmed can have a negative effect on performance in the classroom and in the athletic arena. Not being able to perform at peak levels can just add more stress to the student-athlete. There are negative health risks involved in being stressed such as: trouble sleeping, high blood pressure, and even thoughts of suicide. The scary part about this is that student athletes are less likely to seek help than students that are not involved in collegiate athletics. A person suffering from anxiety and stress cannot be heard if nothing is said. The NCAA is encouraging student athletes to seek help if needed. They also encourage the staff such as coaches, trainers, and team physicians to help those that are reluctant to seek help. The most important thing is to understand the problem and make active decisions to find a solution to it.


By Ann Kearns Davoren and Seunghyun Hwang. “Mind, Body and Sport: Depression and Anxiety Prevalence in Student-athletes.”, 10 Nov. 2014. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.

Depression of Student Athletes

It is well known that college athletes have a lot on their plate. They are not only students but also performers in their respective sports. The stress that comes with being a student of higher education can be very overwhelming. Now take the stress of being a student and imgresadd the time consuming and pressure of having to perform at a high level in athletics. A study conducted by the University of Georgetown Medical Center shows that depression is more likely to occur, now more than ever, in student athletes. The list of reasons why student athletes are at a higher risk of depression includes: lack of sleep, overwhelming workload, chronic fatigue, pressure to perform, and over-training. Having so much to do with limited time puts stress on anyone. The good thing is that there are ways to help student-athletes from falling into depression. The acronym ‘FIRST’ is a list of the top five issues to address when feeling stressed. The first item to address is focus; focus on one thing at a time. The second identity; construct an identity outside of your sport. Third is resilience; learn from failures and come back even stronger. The fourth being service; helping someone else in need can ultimately help you. Lastly, time; student-athletes must learn to balance their lives in order to get everything done. The job of a student athlete is not easy. Student athletes are under a lot of pressure but hopefully, this article has helped and brought new light to those in need.


Elmore, Tim. “Responding to the Rise of Depression in College Athletes.”The Huffington Post., 23 Jan. 2014. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.