Sideline Sports Doc: ‘Remove the stigma around mental illness;’ look out for anxiety in youth athletes

Sideline Sports Doc: ‘Remove the stigma around mental illness;’ look out for anxiety in youth athletes

Editor’s note: This article by Dev Mishra, M.D. (president of Sideline Sports Doc) appeared in SoccerAmerica. Sideline Sports Doc is advancing the Players First pillar of Player Health & Safety through resources that include an online injury recognition training course.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, it’s estimated that about 32 percent of all adolescents in the United States have some form of anxiety and about 8 percent have what would be classified as severe anxiety.

It shouldn’t be surprising then that the estimates for anxiety disorders in young athletes is also high.

While there are only a limited number of high-quality studies about anxiety specific to the athletic population, it’s still estimated that more than 30 percent of collegiate student-athletes have experienced overwhelming anxiety.

Anxiety disorders have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life, as well as overall health. We also have evidence that student-athletes with preseason anxiety and depression are statistically at higher risks for developing in-season, sport-related injuries… Let’s remove the stigma around mental illness, recognize it and get these young people the help they deserve.

Read the entire article on SoccerAmerica’s Youth Soccer Insider.