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Canadian universities are fumbling mental health support for student-athletes

Despite increasing awareness of mental health issues in sports, student-athletes in Canada claim to lack sufficient emotional support. Academic pressures on top of sport routines which equate to a full-time job, combined with public performance expectations and injury recovery complications, can lead to severe emotional stress. Even though some suggest that financial constraints are to blame, there is speculation that funds available are not being properly allocated to prioritize mental health services improvement. The stigma surrounding mental health in sports is another significant hurdle to overcome.

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