Gamecock Sports Science: Mental Health and Sport Performance
A Culture of Care: Complete medical, physical, mental and emotional care for South Carolina student-athletes
Who We Are
Psychiatrist and Director of Athletics Mental Health
Director of Mental Health
Director of Sport Leadership and Mental Performance
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
OLY, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
What We Do
Mental Health Counseling
All staff are licensed practitioners within their disciplines and trained in individual counseling. Because college is a time of multi-layered transitions and competing in D1 sports can be intense, we are available to talk with student-athletes about any of the issues they face as a member of USC Athletics. Some of the common problems encountered are adjustment to college life, struggles with roommates, relationships, gaining independence from families, academic problems, mood, anxiety, substance, eating, or sleep issues, and how to communicate better with teammates or coaches. We maintain a high level of confidentiality in accordance with state and federal laws, professional ethical standards, and NCAA Mental Health Best Practices.
Testing for ADHD and learning differences is available as we make every effort to help our student-athletes to be academically successful while being compliant with NCAA rules. We may also request testing to assist with complex diagnostic issues. Our psychologist works closely with our psychiatrist and the UofSC Student Disability Resource Center for accommodations as needed
We have a board-certified, licensed psychiatrist available to assist student-athletes with any psychiatric medications they may take when they come to campus or to evaluate and prescribe medications as needed for any newly diagnosed mental health symptoms.
Sport Performance Counseling
Our staff is also trained in helping individual student-athletes with any sport performance struggles they may encounter. Topics may include anxiety and energy management, confidence, goal setting, motivation, concentration, self-talk, and using imagery. These sessions are also confidential. Additionally, we may be asked by coaches to assist with team building, communication, and performance.
Education and Outreach
The Mental Health and Performance professionals are available to talk with teams and smaller groups on topics of interest related to mental health awareness and sport performance upon request. We also have educational resources and materials available for use by staff and students.
In the event that we are not able to accommodate the needs of a student-athlete for any reason, we are available to assist with referrals.
How to Get Started
Get In Touch With the Staff
Sarah Noll – Director of Mental Health: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Michael McCall – Licensed Clinical Psychologist: email@example.com
Dr. Rhea Merck – Licensed Clinical Psychologist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Raylene Ross – Director of Sport Leadership and Mental Performance: email@example.com
Jan Veinot – CMPC/Sports Psychologist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instagram – @gamecocksportpsych
Set Up an Appointment or Contact Teamworks
MHPT Central Line – 803-777-5882
Teamworks Phone Number: (803)576-5638
Referral Page in Teamworks
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