Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2024


School of Business


Sport Management


Athletes' Mental Health


Applied Behavior Analysis | Pain Management | Sports Studies


This paper examines the effects of stigmatization on elite level athletes’ mental health and overall wellbeing. Within this study, elite level athletes will be defined as those that participate in collegiate programs and the levels beyond that. Stigma is generally defined as negative beliefs towards a particular group of people or a state of being. When stigma is prevalent within athletic settings, many athletes tend to be silent about the struggles they face daily. Stigma is manifested either publicly or personally in the arena of elite level athletics due to preconceived notions within this demographic. Through close examination of current tactics to lower stigmas and suggestions for future practices, this thesis will serve as a guide for athletes, coaches, and organizations moving forward.