The importance of being a sports psychiatrist

By Dr Thomas McCabe @Dr_t_mccabe and Dr Allan Johnston @DrAllanJohnston Over the past year, we’ve seen the media explode over mental health disorders within sporting circles (1-3). High profile athletes describe their struggles and point out the lack of provision for diagnosis and treatment. Campaigns at various levels – local, club, governmental and international continually challenge the lingering […]

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The function of fun: cycling reduces PTSD symptoms in a group of high-risk adolescent involved in a community cycling programme

By Sue Lawrence RN Phd One-to-One Israel funds a cycling programme for youth that have experienced home and political instability, and are supported by social services. Our (me,the Centre of Abuse and Trauma Studies  and One-to-One Israel) research mission is to prove that sports improve post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms for these young people. Our research We developed […]

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Improving health, step by step: physical activity for severe mental illness in the Netherlands

By Jeroen Deenik @jdeenik, MSc   At GGz Centraal, the centre for mental healthcare with different clinics in the middle of the Netherlands, we have two psychiatric hospitals where people with severe mental illness can stay for a longer period of time. The majority of patients are diagnosed with schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders, while others […]

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Mental health of elite young athletes: spot and support them before it’s too late

Undergraduate perspective on Sport & Exercise Medicine – a BJSM blog series By Johnson Pok-Him Tam (@tamph4) and Manroy Sahni (@manroysahni) Elite sport is results driven. Each generation of new athletes is pushing themselves to new limits, to reach new heights and eclipse records set by their predecessors. But what impact can this constant cauldron of pressure […]

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Mental health in professional football: compromised care and strategies for change

By Andrea Scott-Bell Aaron Lennon’s Sectioning under the Mental Health Act on May 2nd is the latest addition to the list of professional footballers experiencing mental health difficulties. The day after news broke of Lennon’s detention, the PFA claimed that mental health issues among footballers were on the rise, with 160 reported cases in the previous […]

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Assessing the Mental Health of the NFL: Bullying, hazing and workplace harassment at the Miami Dolphins

By Ian R Tofler BJSM readers, curious scientists and sports enthusiasts all, must be interested in the inner workings of the American National Football League (NFL) and its politically astute iron fisted chief executive Roger Goodell. The NFL, despite setbacks regarding the taboo concussion/CTE scandal; large financial payouts, and players ending up in jail, has […]

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Crossingtheline Summit – Let’s Talk About Athlete Retirement

By Fiona Wilson Crossingtheline (crossingthelinesport.com) is an exciting new initiative launched by a group of ex international athletes, led by Gearoid Towey (four time Olympian and World Champion rower). Its purpose is to provide a platform and resource to support athletes in retirement. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard famously quoted, “Nothing could satisfy me outside […]

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Is the abuse of medication the next major concern in sports medicine?

By Dr Sean Carmody “Also, be aware of the pills you take. If you take sleeping pills to overcome jet lag, before you know it, you’ll be taking them every night. When your arm is sore and you’re given medication for it, throw that bottle away. Those pills will give you a painful, persistent ulcer. Be […]

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The delegate view of 6th London School of SEM Conference– What lessons were learnt?

Undergraduate perspective on Sports & Exercise Medicine – a BJSM blog series By Jonathan Shurlock (@J_Shurlock) Reading the recent BJSM blog on the 6th annual London Deanery Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Conference written by the event organisers, inspired me to give the delegate view of the important lessons learnt by those in attendance, and add […]

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Game changing in mental health – Tackling stigma & building resilience in elite sport

Undergraduate perspective on Sports & Exercise Medicine – a BJSM blog series By Steffan Griffin (@lifestylemedic) The inaugural conference hosted by Maudsley Learning, gathered elite sport professionals and stakeholders to stimulate debate and conversation about a topic commonly overlooked or underestimated by those outside the game: Mental health. This topic has been a taboo subject within sport […]

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