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Stress on college-athletes

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Sophomore Cristiana Behnken leaving for class early in the morning before soccer practice later

The general thought of college-athletes having it all: school paid for, free gear, and keeping away from the freshmen 15 isn’t always the life these young adults endure. Although some enjoy the fun things college brings to those who attend such as: leaving home, meeting new people and learning about topics that interest them, the stress that one experiences as a student-athlete is much different and more intense than those that are not student-athletes.

As many regular college students endure stress relating to school, jobs, relationships and many other factors, the NCAA says, “While it’s not clear whether the source of challenges to student-athlete mental well-being is the same as those non-athletes face, collegiate athletes are known to encounter unique stressors that the general population doesn’t have to deal with, such as time demands, relationships with coaches, and missed scheduled classes.”

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