Student Athletes

Student Athlete Specialized Services

In addition to the services offered by the Student Counseling Center for all JU students, we offer specialized services for student athletes. Dr. Alyssa Zajdel is our Sport Psychology Coordinator and organizes the services for student athletes.

Performance Enhancement Sessions

Individual performance enhancement sessions are tailored to each student athlete to improve the mental skills needed for peak athletic performance. Potential topics may include (but are not limited to) focus, goal setting, motivation, self-talk, energy management, injury, and confidence.  

Performance Enhancement Workshops

Small-group workshops are offered throughout the semester and are open for all student athletes and high performers. See below for details, including a list of topics and how to sign up.   

Team Workshops

Team workshops are coordinated with coaches to provide performance enhancement services in a group setting. Workshop topics may include (but are not limited to) effective communication, goal setting, energy management, and team building. Coaches can request tailored workshops to address the unique needs of their team. To inquire about team workshops, email azajdel@ju.edu. 

Staff Trainings

Staff trainings aim to assist staff in how to best support student athletes’ mental health and wellness. Potential topics may include referral procedures, effective communication, and diversity/inclusion. To inquire about staff trainings, email azajdel@ju.edu. 

Instagram Page: @ju_counseling_athletes 

Our Instagram page shares resources, mental training tips, news related to the intersection of sports and mental health, and information about upcoming workshops and other services. Give us a follow! 

Workshops

The Student Counseling Center offers virtual performance enhancement workshops specifically tailored for student athletes and high performers. Current workshops include: Managing Energy, Handling Performance Anxiety, Overcoming Injury, Growing Confidence, and Changing Your Mindset.

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Student Athlete Mental Health Referral Form

If you are a staff member within the Jacksonville University Athletics department, you can refer student athletes for counseling by completing the Student Athlete Mental Health Referral Form using the button below.

In an emergency, please call 911, campus security at (904) 256-7585, or the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).

If the concern about a student athlete has a broader scope and impacts academics, living in the residence halls, or conduct, please complete the university’s CARE form instead of this form.

Student Athlete Mental Health Referral Form

Resources

Mental Health Resources (NCAA)

Modules for Supporting Student Athlete Mental Wellness (NCAA)

Sleep and Wellness for College Athletes (NCAA)

Life After the Game (NCAA)

Resources for Athletes with Mental Health Concerns (Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression)

Resources for Injured Athletes (Sidelined USA)

Stories to Increase Mental Health Awareness (Players' Tribune)

Athletes Connected (University of Michigan)

Resources for LGBTQ+ Athletes and Allies (You Can Play Project)

HeartMath

The Student Counseling Center offers training in using HeartMath, which is a science-based biofeedback technology that is proven to increase inner balance and self-security. HeartMath Inner Balance devices pair with your mobile device via Bluetooth to help you gain awareness of stress within your body in order to regulate your physical responses. This may be useful for things like reducing anxiety, enhancing performance, and improving sleep. HeartMath devices are available for check-out for 30 days at a time, with the support of a counselor at the SCC.

To find out more information about HeartMath, visit https://www.heartmath.com.

Quick Coherence Technique

Watch this short video as a guide to practicing restorative heart-centered breathing. This can help to improve your self-regulation, center yourself in the present moment, and get focused on what's ahead of you. It can be especially effective when used before an event, such as team practice, competition, or any time that you want to adjust your energy levels, either by calming down or becoming energized, depending on your personal needs.