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How does an athletic training student reduce stress?

Posted April 18, 2016

By Mackenzie Simmons, ATC

April is Stress Awareness Month; stress is an issue that affects the athletic training population as a whole. This month, we are focusing on being more cognizant of stress levels in athletic training students. The typical athletic training student has a chaotic schedule, involving class, clinicals, homework, extracurricular activities and jobs, amongst other obligations. The number of responsibilities an athletic training student has can quickly become overwhelming and stressful.

It may be possible to identify stress in the athletic training students. Watch out for the following:

- Lack of motivation or focus

- Irritability or anger

- Sadness or depression

- Angry outbursts

- Social withdrawal

- Drug or alcohol abuse

There are several preventive measures to reduce stress in athletic training students. Creating a mentorship program with older students and Athletic Trainers (ATs) can help the athletic training student feel more supported throughout their education. Also, scheduling bi-weekly check-ins with faculty members can keep the athletic training students on task with class and clinical responsibilities. Encouraging the athletic training students to continue to participate in hobbies can help them maintain a better work-life balance, thus reducing burnout.

By reducing stress levels, athletic training students will ideally be able to excel on the academic and clinical side. Handling stress as it occurs is important, but prevention is key to reducing stress. Make an effort to talk to your students or coworkers about their stress levels this month.