Congratulations to Lori Dewald, EdD, assistant professor,A.T. Still University’s School of Health Management, who will be speaking next week at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) annual conference. The two-hour workshop will bring together the NATA, American College Health Association (ACHA), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to address (for the first time) The mental health issues of today’s college student athletes.
The 2013 NATA workshop focuses on the most common mental health conditions (depression, bipolar, anxiety, aggressive behavior, suicidal thoughts, and eating disorders) experienced by today’s student athletes. Also addressed within the workshop are the signs/symptoms, referral process, counseling process, medications and their side effects (including NCAA drug testing regulations), legal aspects, ethics, confidentiality, NCAA perspective, and the roles of the physician, psychotherapist, athletic trainer, and student athlete.