The Mental Health of Athletes Sports Psychiatry Conference


The Second National Conference:
The Mental Health of Athletes

Helping athletes acheive better mental health and improved performance

Thursday 18 October 2018

Leeds United FC, Elland Road

The eagerly anticipated Second Sports Psychiatry event... Programme is finalised!

The Education and Training Network (ETN) are delighted to offer the Second National Conference: The Mental Health of Athletes.

Keynote Feature: Olympic Gold Medalist, Etienne Stott MBE interviewed by Professor Steve Peters (Chimp Management Ltd).

Olympic gold medal winning canoesit, Etienne Stott, is one of many elite athletes who credits Professor Peters with giving him the pschological tools to acheive at the highest level. In discussion with Professor Peters, Etienne will describe the mental skills and techniques that he developed and that helped him to finally ascend the top step of the podium in London 2012.

Keynote Athlete: Etienne Stott

Etienne Stott won the Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympics in the sport of canoe slalom, with his crew-mate Tim Baillie. On the 2nd of August, 2012, in front of a huge crowd, Etienne and Tim delivered a time of 106.41 seconds in their first Olympic final, a time that was never beaten.

Keynote Presenter: Professor Steve Peters

Professor Steve Peters: MBBS MRCPsych BA PGCE MEd (medical) Dip. Sports Med. Consultant Psychiatrist; Senior Clinical Lecturer, Sheffield Medical School; Cheif Executive Officer of Chimp Management Ltd.

Steve works in elite sport. Steve has worked with Sky Pro Cycling and GB Taekwondo with current and past involvements in other Olympic and non-Olympic Sports including: British Cycling, Liverpool Football Club, England Football, World Championship Snooker England Rugby and Professional Golf.

Who should attend?

All those individuals who have an interest in and a responsibility for the mental health of athletes, for example: Sports medicine specialists, Performance directors, Team managers, Coaching staff, Clinicial psychologists, Sports psychologist, Psychiatrists, Clinical and sporting academics, Athletes.

This year's Programme topics include:

  • Mental health challenges in elite sport: Are athletes a special case?
  • Sports injuries and their impact on mental health
  • Eating Disorders and sport - a medical, perspective an athletes perspective and new research
  • Keynote Feature: Olympic gold medalist, Etienne Stott MBE, interviewed by Professor Steve Peters
  • A coach's insight into well-being and mental health
  • Protecting athletes from harrassment and abuse

Conference Chairs / Speakers:

  • Dr Alan Currie: MB ChB, MPhil, FRCPsych. Alan is a consultant psychiatrist in the Regional Affective Disorders Service in Newcastle and visiting professor in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Sunderland. Over a 20-year period he has acted as a consultant to a number of national sports organisations. He has published widely in sports psychiatry including editing a handbook for sports clinicians. He is chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group and a board member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP).

  • Dr Allan Johnston: MBBS, MRCPsych, Cert.Med.Ed(IU),  Sports Psychiatrist at Spire Perform Leeds; Consultant NHS Psychiatrist; Consultant Psychiatrist & Trustee of State of Mind Sports Charity. Dr Johnston is a Sports Psychiatrist with Performance Health Innovations Ltd (PHIL) based in Leeds. He works alongside colleagues in Radiology and Medicine to deliver the complete Sports Medicine care package. He is also a trustee to the award winning State of Mind sports charity, a mental health charity which aims to improve the mental health, wellbeing and working lives of athletes. Allan is Deputy Chair of the RCPsych's Sports and Exercise Special Interest Group.

  • Professor David Collins: Bed, MS, PhD, Chair and Director of the Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICaP), University of Central Lancashire, Director of Grey Matters Performance Ltd.
  • Florence Lebrun: Research student, Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICaP), University of Central Lancashire
  • Dr Marwan Al-Dawoud: MBChB, MRCGP, MFSEM(UK), DipSEM. Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician. Lead Doctor to England Rugby League and England Partially Sighted Futsal. Reviewer for the British Medical Journal of Sport and Exercise and Musculoskeletal Medicine.  
  • Dr Vincent Gouttebarge: MSc, PhD, Ex-professional Footballer, Chief Medical Officer, Assistant Professor, Academic Medical Center, Department of Orthopeadic Surgery, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr Carolyn Plateau: PhD, FHEA, Lecturer in Psychology, Loughborough University
  • Dr Emily Dudgeon: 800 m runner finishing 6th in the 2012 World Junior Championships and competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Chris Chapman: Former Head Coach England Women Rugby League team and Talent and Performance Lead Officer, UK Coaching.
  • Carole Billington–Wood: Senior Consultant England, NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
  • Samantha Little: Senior Case Manager, British Athletes Commission (BAC)
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