Competition provides a natural opportunity to develop positive and active strategies for maintaining emotional wellness under stress such as: thinking positive thoughts, releasing stress and connecting with others. Strong Minds helps athletes strengthen their coping skills across all facets of their life.

Athletes move through 5 stations on the topics of:

  • Stress and You
  • Strong Messaging
  • Strong Breathing
  • Strong Stretching
  • Strong Supporting

Our Goal:

  • Increase awareness about active coping strategies
  • Identify strategies to use in competitions and daily living
  • Provide resources for athletes, coaches and caregivers
  • Promote positive conversations about stress, coping and emotional wellness

The Impact:

Screenings found that a large percentage of athletes face significant stress on a daily basis, but have access to only a few positive and active coping strategies.

  • 12% have no coping strategies in place
  • 62% use avoidant strategies which is associated with increased depression
  • 26% use active strategies to feel better which promotes well-being

Available Screenings:

Strong Minds will be launching at Summer Games 2019.


Strong Minds Activity Cards

Volunteer Opportunities:

Please email Melissa Schoenbrodt 

Clinical Director:

Amy Yonker, M.S, LPC


For more information on Strong Minds, please contact Melissa Schoenbrodt, Director of Health Programs.

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