New guidelines for addressing student athletes’ mental health needs have been outlined in a new statement from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association

New Guidelines For Addressing Student Athletes’ Mental Health NeedsNew Guidelines For Addressing Student Athletes' Mental Health NeedsMental illness in young adults ages 18 to 25 is growing in severity and percentages.  The onset may be before or during adolescence.

“The purpose of this statement is to raise awareness and provide education for the high school athletic trainer, coach, administrator, guidance counselor and parent on the prevalence of mental health issues in secondary school athletes,” said Tim Neal, chair of the task force that developed the recommendations.

“We have created a road map on how to better recognize potential mental health issues and develop a referral system to provide the athlete with assistance,” Neal said in an association news release.

Led by the athletic trainers’ association, the task force is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American Psychological Association.

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