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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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The Student Counseling Center offers virtual performance enhancement workshops specifically tailored for student athletes and high performers. Current workshops include: Setting Goals, Optimizing Energy, Enhancing Body Image, Incorporating Mindfulness, and Harnessing Strengths.
Phin-Jured Athlete Group
The Student Counseling Center has partnered with SAAC to offer the Phin-Jured Athlete Group. This group is for student athletes who are currently injured or who have recovered from an injury. Injuries can be big or small, physical or mental! Sessions alternate between informal conversations led by student athlete leaders and topic-based conversations led by Dr. Zajdel.
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.
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.