Advisor(s)

Kurt Wilson, MA
Ohio Northern University
Exercise Physiology, Health & Behavioral Sciences
k-wilson.1@onu.edu

Document Type

Video

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:00 AM

Description

Context: Mental disorders are common in athletes and the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for this population. Stress has been shown to increase injury risk; therefore it is possible that coronavirus could increase injury risk if it causes mental health to decrease.

Objective: The purpose of this study aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ohio Northern University DIII athletes. This will be done to understand the new challenges these athletes are facing and to understand where they are mentally and physically. This will be done to ensure that they are getting their needs addressed along with their health both mentally and physically are being protected.

Design: This study will be done as a cross sectional survey to look at the perspectives of DIII Collegiate athletes, regarding their concerns, worries, feelings, and challenges they have experienced from the cancelation of sport seasons. This will also examine the other impacts that the coronavirus has had on their athletic team involvement.

Setting: This study will be conducted as a google form sent to these athletes via email that they are able to answer at a time that is convenient to them.

Patients or Other Participants: A convenience sample will be utilized with men and women soccer, basketball and lacrosse athletes at Ohio Northern University. The only criteria will be that the participants are from one of these sports teams and are 18 years or older. Participation will be voluntary, and all prospective participants will be emailed a link to the survey.

Interventions: The survey will be administered through a Google Forms survey link that will be emailed to individuals. All responses will be kept confidential, and no identifiable information will be collected. The survey will consist of multiple choice questions inquiring about athlete’s mental health status related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on their sport participation.

Main Outcome Measures: Mental health outcomes will be examined following survey responses to identify a possible relationship between COVID-19 and mental health in DIII collegiate athletes.

Results: When comparing male and female athletes as well as soccer compared with basketball & lacrosse athletes, there was no statistically significant data after performing both a Brewslow - day test and chi - squared test with multiple p - values. 87% of all respondents reported feeling isolated or disconnected due to the pandemic. 92% of females, and 82% males reported a mental health issue. 90% of soccer and 86% of basketball and lacrosse reported a mental health issue.

Conclusions: There was a universal mental health problem due to the pandemic. Since there is an overall increase in mental health issues, there may be an increase in stress-related injuries.

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Apr 23rd, 9:00 AM

The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Division III Athletes

Context: Mental disorders are common in athletes and the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for this population. Stress has been shown to increase injury risk; therefore it is possible that coronavirus could increase injury risk if it causes mental health to decrease.

Objective: The purpose of this study aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ohio Northern University DIII athletes. This will be done to understand the new challenges these athletes are facing and to understand where they are mentally and physically. This will be done to ensure that they are getting their needs addressed along with their health both mentally and physically are being protected.

Design: This study will be done as a cross sectional survey to look at the perspectives of DIII Collegiate athletes, regarding their concerns, worries, feelings, and challenges they have experienced from the cancelation of sport seasons. This will also examine the other impacts that the coronavirus has had on their athletic team involvement.

Setting: This study will be conducted as a google form sent to these athletes via email that they are able to answer at a time that is convenient to them.

Patients or Other Participants: A convenience sample will be utilized with men and women soccer, basketball and lacrosse athletes at Ohio Northern University. The only criteria will be that the participants are from one of these sports teams and are 18 years or older. Participation will be voluntary, and all prospective participants will be emailed a link to the survey.

Interventions: The survey will be administered through a Google Forms survey link that will be emailed to individuals. All responses will be kept confidential, and no identifiable information will be collected. The survey will consist of multiple choice questions inquiring about athlete’s mental health status related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on their sport participation.

Main Outcome Measures: Mental health outcomes will be examined following survey responses to identify a possible relationship between COVID-19 and mental health in DIII collegiate athletes.

Results: When comparing male and female athletes as well as soccer compared with basketball & lacrosse athletes, there was no statistically significant data after performing both a Brewslow - day test and chi - squared test with multiple p - values. 87% of all respondents reported feeling isolated or disconnected due to the pandemic. 92% of females, and 82% males reported a mental health issue. 90% of soccer and 86% of basketball and lacrosse reported a mental health issue.

Conclusions: There was a universal mental health problem due to the pandemic. Since there is an overall increase in mental health issues, there may be an increase in stress-related injuries.