An Exploration of Subclinical Trauma in Youth and Adolescent Athletes
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Terri M. Davis
Second Committee Member
Christopher M. Bader
Subclinical trauma, adolescent athletes, youth athletes, posttraumatic stress disorder
Although there is significant interest in youth sport in today’s society, there is a lack of research on distressing experiences in sport. Particularly, the negative effects and consequences of perceived distressing experiences, and the potential subclinical trauma symptoms that arise as a result, have been largely ignored. In this article a brief overview of current literature related to involvement in youth sport, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and a working definition of subclinical trauma in sport are provided. The purpose of this overview is to lay a foundation for a scale for to identify how children are impacted by subclinical trauma in youth sport and to what degree. The components of the scale are outlined and suggestions for clinical implications and future research are offered.
Walters, Carly J., "An Exploration of Subclinical Trauma in Youth and Adolescent Athletes" (2017). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 230.