Our resources page is helpful for anyone. Below we provide a list of applications to take with you on the go as well as reading material for student-athletes produced by the U-M Athletic Department.


Scientists, therapists and web developers from around the world have teamed up to produce assistance apps for those on the go or at home. These applications do not replace traditional therapy, but can provide help both cognitively and behaviorally.


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Purpose: Breathing from the diaphragm
Price: Free

From the Website:

  • Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool. Breathe2Relax is a hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercise. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker.
  • Capitalizing on touch-screen technology, a user can record their stress level on a ‘visual analogue scale’ by simply swiping a small bar to the left or to the right. Breathe2Relax uses state-of-the-art graphics, animation, narration, and videos to deliver a sophisticated, immersive experience for the user.”


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Purpose: Guided meditation
Price: Try for free then two auto-renewing subscriptions $12.99 per month and $94.99 per year.

From the Website:

  • People have been meditating for thousands of years. While the practice isn’t new, science is just catching up to its benefits. At Headspace, our in-house science team is dedicated to understanding the benefits of meditation as measured and understood by modern medicine. They leverage existing and ongoing research of in-person mindfulness training while pioneering new research on the delivery of digital mindfulness training.
  • The techniques used within the Headspace app have been refined and developed over many centuries, passed down from teacher to student. The intention of these techniques is to cultivate awareness and compassion so that we might better understand the mind, as well as our relationship with the world around us. With this as our focus, we view any kind of health benefit beyond the development of awareness and compassion as a helpful byproduct or positive side-effect of regular meditation.



Purpose: Sleep, sounds and white noise
Price: Free-$3.99


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Purpose: Guided meditation, choose from three different lengths of time and purpose: deep relaxation, better sleep and stress relief
Price: Free-$12.99

From the Website:

  • Enjoy a state of deep relaxation without prior meditation experience Relax deeply and easily as you are voice-guided step by step Choose a meditation to suit your needs and time available Listen to the meditations with or without music/nature sounds. Choose from 3 music tracks and 5 nature sounds Separate volume controls to customize your voice/background mix. Enjoy the relaxing background music or nature sounds alone.


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Purpose: Track sleep, alarm clock, relaxation programs and naps
Price: $4.99


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Purpose: Tips and tools to help manage stress
Price: $1.99

From the Website:

  • This app is full of tools to help manage that stress, and bring mindful practices into a daily routine. Using quick mindful exercises and thoughtful activities, begin to overcome those moments whether it’s studying for a test or preventing negative thoughts and patterns.

Features included in app:

    • Quick Exercises – two illustrated exercises for in-the-moment situations.
    • Daily Dose – Daily activities to help reinforce concepts and increase your mindful practice
    • Audio – Free audio tracks to accompany exercises
    • Progress – See your progress and activity overtime
    • Reminders – keep yourself motivated with 3 types of Reminders
    • Stress Assessment – quick assessment to find out how stressed you might be
    • Notes – A notepad to quickly jot any notes or insights that come to mind for later
    • Motivational Quotes – Receive a new motivational quote after each use



The Michigan Athletic Department’s Performance Psychology Center produces a regular newsletter titled Sport Psych News. The newsletter dives into topics specific to student-athletes and their everyday activities and sport performance. These newsletters are considered part of a student-athletes’ “mental training.” If you are in need of support, please visit this page.