Mental Health of Former Collegiate Athletes

December 17th, 2019

Current Physical and Mental Health of Former Collegiate Athletes
SourceOJSM, first published November 20, 2019

Clinical Question: To examine the current health and related concerns in a cohort of former collegiate athletes who played in a diverse range of sports
Bottom Line:  Observed health deficits associated with previous sports injuries warrant ongoing monitoring of the health and well-being of former athletes.
Points to Consider: 797 of 3657 completed the requested data (21% return rate). When stratified by age and sex, Physical composite scores (PCS) and Mental CS were similar to their peers. Of note, among former athletes 16.2% reported anxiety and 10.4% reported depression. These findings were more prevalent than reported by World Health Organization as representative of the US population.

About the Author:
Catherine A. Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT is a sports medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon and writer. Based in Denver, CO, she is an attending at Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics at Rose Medical Center. Dr. Logan is the Head League Physician for Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) member of the team physician pool for the US Ski & Snowboard teams each year. Dr. Logan completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and her Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute/The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. Logan is also on the board of The Chill Foundation.