Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Mary Rob Plunkett

Second Advisor

Robin Sexton

Third Advisor

Michael Rifenburg


Mental health is a prevalent and significant issue in college athletics today. In today’s society, there is a great deal demanded from college student-athletes and they may feel pressured to cover up any mental health issues that they may be suffering. The purpose of this study is to examine different risk management strategies that an athletic department can implement to help prevent mental health issues. This study will survey college student-athletes at the University of North Georgia and examine how comfortable they are with completing these risk management strategies and if they believe that the strategies will be effective. If the student-athletes buy into the strategies implemented by the athletic department, then they will participate in them honestly and carefully. Thus, if the student-athletes honestly and carefully participate in the strategies, then the strategies will be able to reduce and prevent mental health issues.