Competing Against COVID-19: have we forgotten about student-athletes’ mental health?

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, competitive athletes have expressed substantial grief and frustration attributed to alterations in routine, limited or modified training, and the postponement of international competitions, such as the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and international championship events [1,2]. The additional strain from the removal of team support networks, which are often […]

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Using rugby as a vehicle to #Really tackle the stigma around mental health

Rugby is a sport more often associated with ‘big hits’ than heart-to-heart conversations. However, we know that at the grassroots level of the game, there are numerous health and wellbeing benefits associated with the sport(1). Whilst a lot of these benefits relate to physical health, we also know that rugby can provide participants with a […]

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Anxiety and insomnia in athletes during the COVID era: Part 1 – Foundation and Facts

  By Drs Carla Edwards @Edwards10Carla and Meeta Singh @athletesleepmd1  Anxiety and Insomnia, respectively, are the most prevalent psychiatric and sleep disorders experienced by the general public, and anxiety and insomnia symptoms are highly prevalent among elite athletes. While each may exist without the other, they are often common partners. Additionally, they serve as risk […]

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Mental health in Athletes and COVID-19 – Phil and Georgia Hopley discuss. Episode#425

   BJSM Friday Podcast #425 In this week’s podcast, Dr Phil Hopley explains to Dr Will Wynter Bee the impact of the COVID crisis on athletes’ mental health as well as discussing his role in setting up mental health services for the European tour. He also provides insights into how, clinically, he assesses and manages mental […]

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Mental health impacts of Covid19: Implications for exercise professionals

By Grace McKeon & Simon Rosenbaum Much of the world is currently in an unprecedented lock-down due to the Covid19 pandemic. As we grapple with the immediate and future mental health impacts of this emerging global crisis, we must turn to our toolkit of proven strategies to help navigate these uncharted waters. Getting people moving is […]

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Athlete mental health and mental illness in the era of COVID-19: shifting focus with a new reality

By Drs. Carla Edwards, MD @Edwards10Carla and Jane Thornton @JaneSThornton Few events in history have altered the staging of the Olympic Games. Thus far only the World Wars have kept our athletes away from the grand stage, and several politically based boycotts prevented some nations from participating in other Olympic Games. In fact, few events […]

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Sports Medicine, Mental Health & Well-Being, and Psychedelics

  By Drs David Wyndham Lawrence, MD, MPH  (@davidwlawrence1) and Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD (@RCarhartHarris) Sports medicine as a discipline is uniquely situated to safely explore, research, adopt, and implement novel and innovative strategies to meet the mental and physical demands of athletes and physically active populations. Significant advances have been made in sports science; including nutrition, training, […]

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Managing the mental pressures of elite sport: learning from Olympic and World Champion Abhinav Bindra

  Athlete wellbeing must become the centre of high performance. We can do that through education, through awareness…really inculcating those values at the grassroots level. In this special Athlete Voice edition of the podcast, Olympic and World Champion rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra joins us to chat about managing the mental pressures of elite sport. Recognised […]

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Wellbeing in sport for Northern Ireland: National Action Plan 2018-2023

By Dr Gavin Breslin @breslin_g and Dr Paul Donnelly Positive engagement with sport is associated with an array of physical, emotional and psychosocial health benefits (Breslin et al, 2017). Emerging evidence suggests that competitive sport, by nature, can also contribute to poor mental health, in particular when athletes experience insufficient support (Bauman 2016). There is a growing […]

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Managing behavioural and mental health outcomes following a traumatic brain injury

By Sadie R. Morway, Zachary K. Winkelmann @zachwinkelmann, Kenneth E. Games @GamesKenneth It is crucial to examine the long-term effects following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in sports medicine. This is especially important for children given the sensitive development of the brain during childhood and the after-effects of TBI on mental wellness and ultimately quality of life.1-2 Understanding the potential […]

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