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Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on College Athletes is a Course

Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on College Athletes

Time limit: 30 days
1.5 credits

$25 Enroll

Full course description

Target Audience: College Athletic Trainers, Coaches, Athletic Directors, Healthcare Professionals 

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 college athletes affected by pandemic.
  2. Recognize signs and symptoms of pandemic-related mental health concerns.
  3. Identify appropriate interventions for college athletes affected by pandemic-related mental health concerns.


Circumstances unique to the college athlete’s experience increase the likelihood of psychological stress, including housing situations, distance learning, lack of motivation and barriers to training, to name a few. In addition to the expected mental health challenges college 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 long-term impact is unknown. Pre-pandemic mental health concerns are discussed, as well as current pandemic impacts, and those specific to college athletes. The NCAA recently released results from a survey on this topic, and a selection of those results will be presented.

Healthcare providers, especially athletic trainers who interact with student-athletes on a daily basis, have a professional responsibility to be well informed and prepared to appropriately assist athletes through this unique and disruptive era. Course content derived from an RMU Webinar March 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.


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