Keith W.Clarke Ed. D

The challenges facing students today are overwhelming. The stress associated with attending a four year institution of higher learning has reached an all time high. Freshmen orientation does not include strategies needed to address the stress associated with attending college for many who are often far away from home for the first time.

Sports From the Neck Up addresses emotional issues such as fear of failure, communication, change, decision making, conflict, insomnia, low self-esteem, homesickness, worry & guilt.

This program allows students to validate their feelings and take appropriate steps to ensure their success. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this program in detail. Your students will be forever grateful that you cared enough to address a need that is often overlooked by parents and administrators. The services available to students through the counseling office are often ignored by students due to their focus on academics. Sports From the Neck Up addresses the psychological needs of students at a time that is often confusing and overwhelming for young people.

Sports From the Neck Up staff will meet with the Counseling staff to ensure proper follow up is available to students. The feedback received from faculty and staff regarding this program has supported the need for stronger adjustment programming students away from home for the first time.

In addition to servicing Student Athletes, Sports from the Neck up also provides training in Stress management for game officials of all major team sports. Modern technology has added to the stress game officials experience due to instant replay and the growing number of rule changes designed to protect student athletes from injuries such as concussions. The addition of female officials has put them under a microscope which has them experiencing stress in the workplace like never before. Working as a "Team", means eliminating stress that affects performance as a game official.

What is stress?
A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability and depression.

In 2 ways: Physically and Emotionally
Stomach pain
Tightness in the chest
Changing in sleep pattern
Change in eating habits
Difficulty adjusting to change
Guilt and Worry
Substance Abuse

What is Psychological Factor?
Thoughts, feelings, attitudes, or other cognitive or affective characteristics of an individual that influence his/her behavior.


"Sister bonding has fostered more meaningful communication with the freshmen."

"Thanks for meeting with me individually and helping me figure some things out "

"Relaxation techniques were really cool"

"Practice has a lot more meaning"

"I can identify stress in myself and know what to do about it "

"I think all topics were covered adequately"

Role play really made situations clear

"Thank you for giving me my confidence back"