Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Rob Weisskirch


For collegiate student athletes, an increase in knowledge of how to handle stress in healthy ways, develop healthier romantic relationships, and explore their self-identity outside of being an athlete can have positive impacts on their mental and physical abilities as an athlete as well as when they are no longer able to play their sport. In order to address these topics, eight student athletes from the California State University, Monterey Bay Women’s volleyball team participated in an interactive presentation. A small lesson was given about stress management techniques and why it is important to be able to know how to handle the pressures of being a student athlete. Another lesson touched on what self-identity is and why it can make a big difference to know that one is more than just an athlete to aid in their transition to being a retired athlete. The last lesson talked about characteristics of healthy relationships and why it is important to have supportive relationships during this high stress time period. After each lesson a poll, question, or google form about the content was sent to the participants to see if they had learned anything. The lessons about stress management and relationships were fully understood by the participants. The level of understanding about self-identity is unknown since only a few participants were willing to share. Overall, participants showed a high level of interest and understanding about these topics. More knowledge on these topics would most likely have a positive impact on all student athletes.