Our diverse staff includes multiple staff members that have been certified as sport psychologists. We are interested in your personal experience as an athlete and seek to work collaboratively with you on your personal, athletic, social, and academic goals. We embrace and appreciate the richness brought by the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, spirituality, socioeconomic status, physical attributes, as well as other personal and social characteristics that comprise individual identity. We seek to see you as an individual, as an athlete, as a student, and as part of a family and to understand how these different roles and parts of you intersect to create your unique identity.
What we do for athletes
The Counseling Center seeks to promote positive and effective mental health to enhance performance across a variety of life domains (e.g., sport, personal, social, career, etc.) We appreciate and celebrate that Loyola athletes' natural talent, diligence, and commitment to their sport often lead to high levels of achievement. However, the mental skills associated with higher-level performance, especially under pressure, can be undermined by certain kinds of emotional stress. We understand that the demands placed on student-athletes usually exceed the demands experienced by non-athletes. The internal or external pressure to perform, train, travel, maintain academic eligibility and physical health, remain in compliance with the NCAA's set of ever-changing regulations, cope with injury and the potential to undergo public scrutiny are some of the stressors that we see as unique to student athletes. There are also other life events or situational factors that can feel outside of our control including excessive change, loss of a loved one, sexual assault or date rape, and loss of a relationship as just some examples. These experiences can cause stress, feelings of helplessness, depression, loss of previous ability to concentrate, or impulsive decision making. In addition, we know that alcohol and other drug use, as well as self-destructive eating patterns, are common responses to situational stress in the college population that can negatively impact a student athlete’s personal, academic, and athletic performance. We work with student athletes to alleviate and combat this distress.
Okay, but do student athletes actually come to the Counseling Center?
During the past academic year alone, we spoke with more than 60 student-athletes for issues including stress, time management, performance enhancement, dealing with athletic injury, depressive symptoms including lack of energy and difficulty sleeping, and improving team chemistry. We have noticed increases in the number of student athletes using our services over the past several years and hope to continue to grow in this direction.
What do student athletes say about it?
Our student athletes report that as a result of these consultations, they make noticeable improvements in progressing towards their goals and in reducing overall levels of distress. Students often note doing better in a variety of areas in their life including athletic performance, satisfaction with relationships, academic progress, and feeling generally less stressed and more happy. Students report positive experiences coming the Counseling Center and note feeling understood and helped by their counselors. We are confident in our efforts and ability to help you (a) improve upon skills you already have, (b) develop new skills as needed, and (c) to listen in a supportive and helpful way to your concerns and experiences as a student athlete on campus.
We hope that you consider the Counseling Center as a resource available to you and invite you to come in to make an appointment to speak with us.
For information regarding yourself or other person about whom you are concerned, please call 410-617-2273 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our confidential services are free of charge and we are conveniently located in the Humanities Building across from the Student Center. For emergencies occurring after hours or on weekends, call Campus Police at 410-617-5911 or use 911. We look forward to working with you.
For more information of relevance to student-athletes at Loyola:
Official athletics website of Loyola University Maryland
Office of Academic Affairs for Varsity Athletics
Moodle page for Varsity Athletes
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