Rattle the Stars

Athletes & Mental Health

Good mental health is important for all students, but athletes have unique experiences that warrant specific attention. During this discussion, athletes, parents, and coaches can learn more about:

  • coping with injuries and losses
  • managing pressure and stress
  • managing mental illness while maintaining performance
  • transitioning from high school to college
  • managing the athlete identity

Panelists include:
Juli Kartel, M.S.Ed., LCPC
Director of Clinical Services, Rosecrance CU
Hall of Fame Volleyball Coach at WIU

Jim Maurer, MSW, LCSW
Carle Psychiatry and Psychology Department
Sports performance counselor, U of I Division of Athletics

Scott Paluska, MD, FACSM
Department Head, Christie Clinic Sports Medicine
Clinical Professor, UIUC College of Medicine

J Leman
Former All-American Linebacker for the U of I
Football Analyst for the Big Ten Network

John Woods, CAA
Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at
Champaign Central High School