Play now, pay later? College athletes’ quality of life later in life

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom multimedia intern Lena Morris:

Beyond having their names screamed at the games, Division I athletes symbolize the best health and physique of our age group. However, a recent study conducted by Janet Simon, doctoral student at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, shows that such ideas might not be true for the long run.

Her study, published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, found that former Division I athletes reported suffering not only more physical struggles years after college, but also suffer mental issues such as depression.

In the accompanying video, which I prepared, Simon discusses the change in perspective on college athletics, and what collegiate athletic programs can do to help graduating athletes in their transition to life after college sports.

The study has been discussed in such media as NPRHuffington Post and HealthDay News.

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