Friday, April 23rd, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:15 PM EST 

This webinar hosted by the Center for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) provides an unofficial kick-off to the development of the CICMH Student Athlete Mental Health Playbook. This resource will be a key area of focus for 2021 as CICMH looks to support the ongoing development of athletic and academic programming that prioritizes the mental health and wellness of student athletes.

Some themes that are already emerging include:

  • The narrative of a singular identity that can form in student athletes and how this has been disrupted during the pandemic.
  • How to ‘soften the edges’ of the student athlete experience: physically, mentally, spiritually.
  • Departmental strategies designed to integrate a culture of mental health support for student athletes.
  • Learning how to integrate practices for student athlete mental health rather than talking to athletes about mental health.
  • Mental health literacy for athletes and demystifying the help seeking process.

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James Gardiner is a Certified Athletic Therapist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, holds a Masters Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and is a Hatha Yoga practitioner. He has held positions as a Head Athletic Trainer in the Blue Jays system, a Rehab Coordinator role at York University and various therapy, conditioning, and sports injury rehab roles, including working within the York University Athletic Therapy program and as a performance consultant with the University of the Bahamas and created wellness/lifestyle programming for professionals and students during the time in Nassau, Bahamas. His new venture, FIRSTAR Therapy sheds light on Performance Wellness, encompassing personal growth and coaching athletes in accessing more of themselves for what they do (sport, daily life, job satisfaction, etc).

Matthew Arnone is a professional soccer athlete in the Canadian Premier League who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Science, as well as an Applied Specialization in Mindfulness Meditation. His career has taken him to both international and domestic locations such as the USA, Italy, and most recently Canada. Matthew’s passion for optimal performance in his professional career drove him to continue learning, which ultimately led to his discovery of mindfulness, as a solution to performance anxiety, anxiety away from sport, low self-efficacy, and depression. Matthew is the founder of mindframe- a mental fitness program with a focus on growth and a healthier approach to sport and life. Matthew discovered he could achieve peak performance through a ‘human first’ approach brings the athlete experience to the forefront, giving athletes the tools they need to create a safe place in the mind for development.