Taking notice of the hidden injury Awareness, better treatment of athletes’ mental health begins to take shape

Taking notice of the hidden injury Awareness, better treatment of athletes’ mental health begins to take shape

Four-time Academic All-Big 10 honoree and defensive tackle Will Heininger’s biggest battle was not waged in the classroom or on the football field.

“I had emotional pain that was overwhelming; I would wake up, and from morning until I feel asleep — when I was able sleep — I had troubling thoughts that were utterly consuming,” said the 2011 Michigan honors graduate. “Not a minute would go by in a day, without my depression on my mind … this, this felt impossible.”

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