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Psychological Effects of Covid-19 and the Adolescent Athlete is a Course

Psychological Effects of Covid-19 and the Adolescent Athlete

Time limit: 30 days
1.5 credits

$25 Enroll

Full course description

Target Audience: Secondary School Athletic Trainers, Coaches, Athletic Directors, Parents, and Teachers

This course is fully online and on-demand, with no synchronous meeting sessions. It must be completed within 30 days of registration.


 Upon completion of this course, the learner is expected to be able to:

  1. Prepare for psychological needs of adolescent athletes affected by the pandemic
  2. Recognize the signs and symptoms of pandemic-related mental health concerns
  3. Identify appropriate interventions and support services for adolescent athletes affected by pandemic-related mental health concerns


Beyond the physical disruption of an athlete’s routine due to restrictions intended to mitigate disease transmission, the Pandemic has profoundly impacted mental health of adolescent athletes. Circumstances unique to the adolescent athlete’s experience increase the likelihood of psychological stress, including peer isolation, family conflict, dysregulated routine, and concurrent emotional development, among others. In addition to the expected mental health challenges teen students frequently face, pandemic-specific symptoms should be identified and recognized by health care professionals who are in a position to assist and support. This course will review research findings, with the understanding that the short-term impact is still evolving, and the long-term impact is unknown. Course content derived from an RMU Webinar February 2021.

This course qualifies for 1.5 'Category A' credits under the BOC for Athletic Trainers.


Information was current at the time this course was created. Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19 and our increased understandings based on current research findings, please note that while the information contained herein is sound, we encourage you to consult current CDC, state, or special organizational (i.e, NATA, HSFA, NSCA) guidelines while making decisions.

FACULTY (Webinar Presenters):   

Stacey Jensen Ritter, MS, ATC, ITAT has nearly 30 years of experience in the athletic training profession. She started as a university Athletic Trainer and has worked with Olympians, professional athletes, and NCAA champions.

She has spent 15 years serving the high school setting. As director of an outreach athletic training program, she successfully transitioned 11 high school athletic trainers into 13 permanent school-district positions. In addition to experience with the industrial athlete setting and program administration, she has developed a wide variety of provider education presentations. She is a sought-after speaker at the local, state, district and national levels.

Most recently, Stacey developed a concussion clinic, serving as program director, treating athletes with concussion, and coordinating multi-disciplinary care and education. She has treated athletes of all ages, sport and skill level, as well as non-sport related concussion, using the most current, evidence-based standards of care.

She has served on several boards and committees at the state, district and national level, and co-authored a number of resource documents for the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Stacey has been honored with multiple awards of achievement, including FWATA & NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, and NATA Athletic Training Service recognitions.

Education:California State University, Long Beach: BS Kinesiology, emphasis Athletic Training, California State University, Fullerton: MS Kinesiology, emphasis Psychology of Injury

Cari Wood, AT graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Education-Physical Education/Health.  She returned to her home state of Oregon to work as the first Athletic Trainer at Redmond High School in 1994. She built an athletic training program from scratch and has remained in Redmond ever since.  Cari served on the NATA Board of Directors from 2012-17 and was President/Director of District 10.  Prior to that, she served District 10 as their Secretary, and was the President of Oregon Athletic Trainers' Society, and had multiple committee assignments over the years. Currently, Cari is the chair of the NATA Specialty Awards Committee.

Cari was a recipient of the NATA Most Distinguish AT, NATA Outstanding Service Award, is an OATS Hall of Fame member, and was the first woman inducted into the NWATA Hall of Fame in 2017.  She is married to Jon and is incredibly proud of their two children, Bradi and Riley

Education: Eastern Washington University, Cheney: Bachelor of Arts in Education – Physical Education Major, Health Minor, Eastern Washington University, Cheney: Bachelor of Science – Sports Medicine/Athletic Training