Washington State University

Counseling and Testing Services

Student Athlete Mental Health

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds…. Both are essential to performance

The expectations for student athletes, that are in addition to their academic work, create pressures that all too often undermine mental health andsports performance. Researchers have determined that 10-15% of US collegiate athletes struggle with psychological issues that warrant professional treatment, but many are hesitant to seek help for fear of appearing weak, losing playing time, or the respect of peers and coaches.
Good mental health sets the stage for peak performance: when you manage stress well, you'll be able concentrate on performance and get in the zone more easily.



Click on the links below for information that can help student athletes.

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This website exists to provide basic information about mental health concerns and to encourage WSU student athletes to consider the importance of mental health in their personal, athletic, and academic pursuits. The information on this website is not meant as a substitute for proper treatment; some student athletes may benefit from speaking with a health professional. If you or someone you know is in or near crisis, please contact one of the resources listed in the right-hand column. Seeking professional help before a crisis often leads to a faster and stronger recovery. We are here to help.

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WSU Athletics Mental Health Team

Jerry Pastore, Ed.M, LMHC Coordinator
Student Athlete Wellbeing
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Kate Geiger, Ph.D.

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WSU Counseling Services
280 Lighty Student Services
Walk-in Hours:
Crisis: After Hours, Weekends
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Health & Wellness Services
Appts: 509-335-3575 ext 2
Team Physicians:
Dennis Garcia, MD
Sunday Henry, MD
Jeff Radakovich, MD
Ed Smith, MD
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Athletic Training Services:
Bill Drake, M Ed, ATC/L
Assistant Athletic Director
Bohler M4
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Counseling & Testing Services. Lighty Student Services building room 280, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1065. 509-335-4511. Contact Us.