Emily Merrill

Date of Award


Degree Name

MSEd in Physical Education


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

First Advisor

Daniel Raimondo

Second Advisor

Cathy Houston-Wilson



Student athletes who perform at any collegiate level are required to balance the roles of being both a scholar and an athlete. The stress of a college student is magnified as student athletes must plan their schedule down to the minute of each day in order to keep up with the duties in each role. Many students at the college level, athletes or not, are hesitant to seek help because of the negative perception surrounding mental health. The stigma that receiving help makes a person look weak, or identifying that they might have an issue, scares many people. The purpose of this synthesis is to review the literature on effective strategies for maintaining positive mental health for student athletes.