Handling Grief & Loss

By Rachel Amity, MSW, Athletes Connected Program Coordinator As an athlete, you may experience a variety of losses throughout your career. Of course, you have probably lost a few matches, games, or competitions. Many of you lost typical seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe you’ve lost the opportunity to …

When Your Career Ends, What to Do with Your Athletic Identity

By Dr. Jeff Porter, U-M Director of Student-Athlete Alumni Relations and Former Olympic Athlete The moment is quickly approached; much faster than anticipated. You spent years perfecting your athletic ability and cultivating and crafting your athletic identity to reach the pinnacle of success as an athlete. With the end of …

Thank You, Therapists!

By Will Heininger, Depression Center Outreach Coordinator In the last year, so much about our lives has been turned upside down. We have had to change our daily routines, as well as the ways we attend school and work. We’ve adjusted to evolving health protocols, traded in holidays for visits …

Handling Seasonal Affective Disorder and Isolation During a Pandemic

Athletes Connected’s COVID-19 series tackles a common winter malaise: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Coupled with the isolation associated with the pandemic and a unique combination needs to be addressed. A New Perspective: Adapting to Isolation Athlete’s Guide to Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic Effective Learning Strategies Away from the Classroom How …