Posted: Sep 25, 2013 10:53 AM
Updated: Sep 25, 2013 10:53 AM
INDIANAPOLIS- The National Athletic Trainers Association wants universities to treat the mental health of athletes every bit as seriously as their physical well-being.
On Wednesday at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, the organization offered a set of guidelines it wants all schools to adopt.
The recommendations include plans for early detection, referring student-athletes who need help to qualified university administrators and counselors, evaluation of the school's insurance policies that could be triggered if the event of a mental health incident, and maintaining patient confidentiality.
They also believe athletic trainers and team physicians are better positioned to offer advice and make referrals, if necessary, because they are trusted by the athletes.