The BASES Expert Statement on Mental Health Literacy in Elite Sport

Gorczynski, Paul, Gibson, Kass, Thelwell, Richard, Papathomas, Anthony, Harwood, Chris and Kinnafick, Florence (2019) The BASES Expert Statement on Mental Health Literacy in Elite Sport. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 59. pp. 6-7.

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Abstract

Research demonstrates that elite athletes are not immune to poor mental health (Gorczynski et al., 2017; Rice et al., 2016), which can adversely affect their overall health and performance. Here, elite sport is defined on a continuum from semi-elite (e.g. high-performance youth development programmes) to worldclass elite (e.g. global competitions) (Swann et al., 2015). There are many reasons why elite athletes may experience poor mental health. Training and performance demands can place considerable psychological stress on elite athletes who also face public and media scrutiny, financial concerns, sudden and prolonged injuries, and retirement, especially when unexpected. Despite these challenges, few elite athletes seek professional help for their mental health.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First published in The Sport and Exercise Scientist, Issue 59, Spring 2019. Published by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences – www.bases.org.uk
Divisions: Sport
Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2019 11:09
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2019 04:50
URI: http://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17381

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