Post Conference Review Second National Conference – The Mental Health of Athletes

 
 
 
Post Conference Review Second National Conference – The Mental Health of Athletes

Hosted at Elland Road, Leeds United Football Club, the location was the ideal environment for this unique conference. 
 
Our range of speakers included representatives from: The Institute of Coaching and Performance, World Players’ Football Union (FIFPro), NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and the British Athletes Commission - all sharing a diverse array of direct and related mental health topics. 
 
The discussion and debate was fantastic and energising - engaging the audience from a cross section of sporting interests, for example: research, education, sports medicine, physiotherapy, psychology and psychiatry. 
 
ETN has planned the conference over the last few years with leading sports and exercise psychiatrists: Professor Alan Currie and Dr Allan Johnston, who both expertly chaired the event. Each year the conference is broadening its content and reach to reflect the interest in this ever-growing area – watch this space!
 
It was clear to appreciate the massive step-change needed to protect our athletes before, during and after their elite sporting careers and to place equal importance on mental health, as well as their physical health. 
 
We heard how mental health issues can manifest and spiral through injury without the conscious realisation of its impact on, not only the athlete, but also on partners, extended family members, team members and friends.  It was a harsh reality-check to hear about the impact of injury on rehabilitation, recovery and team dynamics.  All agreed that a holistic sports medicine multi-disciplinary team approach is crucial to return an athlete to mental and physical health and wellbeing.
 
What our delegates said about this year’s conference…
‘As expected, amazing event - brilliant presentations and wonderful opportunity to network, a great touch by hosting it in the Gary Speed Suite at Leeds United Football Club’
 
‘Interesting to consider comparisons between elite athletes and elite combat troops’
 
‘Very insightful, brilliant to learn of the collaboration between Sports Medicine and Sports Psychiatry’
‘High-quality interesting research’
 
‘Really engaging - the importance of supporting the coach’
 
‘Insightful perspective on the athletes’ experiences on weight and shape pressures’ 
 
Don’t miss - Next Year’s Conference Date 
Thursday 20 June 2019: London (venue to be confirmed)
 
Register your interest now for an early bird discount…
Register your interest now and receive an early bird £50 discount when you book before 28 February 2019
 

Posted by Jade Clibbens
 
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