Understanding and Managing Stress in Collegiate Athletics

by Jonathan Lynch, MS, CSCS,*D
NSCA Coach June 2016
Vol 4, Issue 4

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It is important for strength and conditioning coaches, sport coaches, athletic trainers, and administrators to recognize and address the evidence of stress within student-athletes in order to avoid chronic stress-related anxiety and injury.

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Jonathan W. Lynch, I, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D

University of Maine

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Jon Lynch has served as the Director of Sports Performance at The University of Maine since 2016. Lynch oversees all aspects of the universitys sports ...

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