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"I hadn't even known she was there," Heininger said.
Neal said the vast majority of schools need to develop plans for dealing with mental health issues among student athletes.
First, Heininger opened up to his mother and she helped him find a therapist. But the relationship wasn't a good fit, he said. The therapist recommended that Heininger quit football, the only thing he really cared about at the time. So Heininger decided to try to cope on his own.
The culture of athletics also demands a certain toughness and rigor that makes it hard for students to feel comfortable admitting they have problems or weaknesses.
trainer noticed something was wrong, Heininger recalled.
"I had consuming thoughts from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed," he said. "My parents had gotten divorced the year before, we were in a new house and nothing seemed happy. Nothing seemed worthwhile."
"We have to de stigmatize mental health issues," Neal said. "I tell athletes it is normal to have these kinds of situations; if you hurt your knee you're going to go to a specialist. In the same way, an athletic trainer can refer you to a mental health professional to see if you need help."
He sat down with her and started to cry. "That was a big turning point for me. It started Nike Kyrie Men's Shoes the healing process, one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through," he said.
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By Barbara Bronson GrayTHURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) Will Heininger was a 295 pound defensive tackle for the University of Michigan at the end of his freshman year when he realized he had a big problem: He was severely depressed.
Heininger isn't alone. youths meets the criteria for having a mental health disorder.
Surrounded by a collegiate culture of superathletes in a sport known for its toughness, Heininger was afraid to let anyone know how desperate he was.
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For a long time, Heininger was able to hide his depression. "I was functioning at such a high level, going to football workouts, going to work and going to class keeping it all in," he said. "Then I broke down."
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as well known, Neal said. Yet the risk of mental health issues is higher among athletes than is the chance of getting a concussion, he said.
published guidelines in the Journal of Athletic Training.
The guidelines highlight the need to take away the stigma of mental health issues and teach people working with student athletes how to spot psychological concerns early and get the necessary help.
The athletic trainer brought him to a therapist who was part of the university's athletic program.
"There are unique stressors for student athletes," Neal said. "They're compelled to exercise, miss holidays, miss summer vacations, and their failures and successes in athletics and in school stand out." They also spend long hours with the same group of teammates, he added.
Not long after that, at football practice, he suddenly became completely overwhelmed. His athletic Nike Zoom Kobe 9 Elite Xdr Top High Black White
Heininger started daily therapy and was given medication to help treat the depression. He gradually began to open up to his fellow athletes and friends. Now, five years later, he works in the financial services industry in Chicago, and has overcome his depression.
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