Buckeye Psychological Services
The Ohio State University is one of few NCAA universities to provide a Sport Psychology program for its student-athletes. This unique resource provides performance enhancement with teams and individuals, personal counseling, and consultation with coaches, trainers, and physicians.
What We Do
Counseling and Therapeutic Services Varsity student-athletes experience many "peaks" and "valleys" during their college career. We associate sports with inherent enjoyment, excitement, and prestige, yet there are also unique pressures facing college athletes. These pressures include managing a rigorous schedule filled with classes and practices, traveling to competitions, dealing with injuries, and being a highly visible member of the university community. Many student-athletes can cope effectively with these pressures. For example, athletes may talk to family or teammates about their concerns. However, at times these multiple demands can exceed athletes' resources, and meeting with a sport psychologist can therefore be helpful.
Who Provides the Services?
The Director of Psychological Services for The Ohio State University Athletic Department is Leif H. Smith, Psy.D. Dr. Smith is in his sixth year at Ohio State. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in Sport Psychology, and worked with teams, coaches, and athletes previously at The University of Iowa, Duquesne University, College of Wooster, and other universities and colleges.
How Do I Make an Appointment?
Student-athletes can schedule an individual appointment by calling Dr. Smith at The OSU Sports Medicine Center at 293-2432. Individual sessions are confidential in nature, and can be worked around your busy schedule for your convenience. Initial sessions last an hour, and you should arrive approximately fifteen minutes prior to your schedule session time in order to complete the initial paperwork.
We are located at 2050 Kenny Road across from West Campus. Our building is just between Woody Hayes Dr. and Kinnear Rd. The Sports Medicine Center can be found in the smaller of the two buildings on the 3rd floor. Free parking is available in the garage.
Buckeye Psychological Services are a unique resource to The Ohio State University Athletic Department and Sports Medicine Center. Our goal is to help student-athletes to get the most from their experience, on and off the field, while competing for the Buckeyes.
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