Preseason Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms and Prospective Injury Risk in Collegiate Athletes
Li H, Moreland JJ, Peek-Asa C, Yang J. Am J Sports Med. 2017; ahead of print.
Take Home Message: An athlete with anxiety symptoms during preseason was more likely to get injured during a season than an athlete without symptoms.
National College Health Assessment surveys demonstrated that more than 1 in 3 NCAA student athletes reported anxiety or depressive symptoms. These symptoms can become elevated by the challenges these student-athletes face (academic demands, relationships, being away from home). Athletes with anxiety or depression symptoms may be at a higher risk of injury due to decreased concentration and/or reduced apprehension to problematic situations; however, this has not been verified in a large cohort of different sports and both sexes. Therefore, the authors followed 958 NCAA Division I athletes to determine the influence of anxiety and depressive symptoms, experienced during preseason, on risk of injury from 2 Universities during the 2007 to 2011 seasons.