An Exploration of Subclinical Trauma in Youth and Adolescent Athletes

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Steve Portenga

Second Advisor

Terri M. Davis

Third Advisor

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.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


31 pages

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