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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Considering psychological stress alongside training load – A reflection on the “How much is too much’” IOC Consensus Statement

By Pete Garbutt I first read about the International Olympic Committee’s 2-part ‘How much is too much’’ Consensus Statement in BJSM 50(16/17), 2016 regarding injury and illness in athletes. It highlighted common roadblocks to athletic performance, and evidence informed insights to enhance the health of our athletic community. This was a landmark paper to shine light on […]

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E-Letter: Performance anomalies in running shoe design: Psychological factors?

The following E-Letter is a response to The effect of three different levels of footwear stability on pain outcomes in women runners: a randomised control trial . Abstract | Full article Ryan et al (1) provide empirical evidence that standards for running shoes in relation to foot posture are far from convincing. In particular, a sophisticated […]

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