Maintaining a great mental health is a struggle many people face. Combine that with being a newly recruited Texas A&M football player and you are stepping into daunting territory. This is the place to learn about mental health among student athletes. To start this journey, who better to deep dive into mental health among student athletes with than Colton Thomasson?
Thomasson is a freshman football player at Texas A&M University. He graduated Smithson Valley High School a semester early to join the team in time for spring ball of 2023. He is a 6’7″, 315 pound offensive lineman. Few athletes have the ability to best him physically, but I want to know if any mental battles have ever defeated him.
As the first of two interviews, Thomasson and I will discuss life as a new recruit:
- What is it like being ‘fresh meat’?
- What is it like forming friendships with the other players?
- What goals has he laid out for himself and how does he plan on achieving them?
- What, if any, obstacles or struggles have presented themselves so far?
- Is there anything in specific he does to maintain a healthy mental state?
Life as a collegiate athlete is hectic when considering how many responsibilities you have. But it’s also controlled, organized, and largely routine based. I plan to find out what routine(s) Colton has set for himself that allow him to stay focused and healthy, physically and mentally.
My personal experience will also play apart in our discussion. I was once that new recruit Thomasson is now. Life was difficult and I had troubles finding a functional routine that I enjoyed. Unfortunately, I never figured it out. I had to stop playing for the sake of my mental health. Now, Colton is at the stage in his life where I once was. Join me on Episode 1 to hear what Colton has to say about his new life!
Find Episode 1 on “Podcasts for Aggies” on Spotify!