Reducing barriers to mental health care for student-athletes: An integrated care model

Fam Syst Health. 2017 Mar;35(1):77-84. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000242. Epub 2016 Nov 28.


Research suggests that National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I student-athletes have higher levels of stress and other behavioral health issues, including substance use, than nonathletes. For several reasons, student-athletes may be less likely to admit to behavioral health issues and seek mental health care. Integrated care is a model of care that integrates behavioral health into a medical practice. This article explores the newly released NCAA Best Mental Health Practice guidelines and the application of integrated care to a Division I athletic training room setting using the three-worldview framework for successful integration, incorporating clinical outcomes, operational reliability, and financial stability. (PsycINFO Database Record

MeSH terms

  • Athletes / psychology
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / standards*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / trends
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Student Health Services / methods
  • Student Health Services / standards
  • Students / psychology*
  • Universities / organization & administration