The Mental Health of Athletes – who cares?


The Mental Health of Athletes – who cares?

Meet the Keynote Speaker: Professor Steve Peters

Professor Steve Peters MBBS MRCPsych BA PGCE MEd (medical) Dip. Sports Med. Consultant Psychiatrist / Undergraduate Dean Sheffield Medical School.

Professor Steve Peters is CEO of Chimp Management Limited. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in Elite Sport. He works with Sky ProCycling, and has current and past involvements in many other Olympic and non-Olympic Sports, including British Cycling, Liverpool Football Club, England Football, England Rugby, World Championship Snooker and Premier league Football.


Spotlight on Professor Steve Peters

Professor Steve Peters has worked full-time in elite sport for the past twelve years. He has worked with over twenty Olympic and National sports teams and attended the last four Olympic Games. He is an expert witness to the World Anti-Doping Agency and has worked as a member of the UK TUE panel from 2004 until 2016 and remains a Consultant to them.
Steve holds two chairs; at Sheffield University Medical School he is a professor in the Department of Medical Education and at Derby University he is a visiting professor in Distant Learning. He is a member of the CASC panel for the membership examinations and has held this position for over a decade, along with being a Senior Invigilator at college exams.

Following his passion…

Steve’s passion is helping people to get the best out of themselves. In sport this means establishing psychological stability and optimising sporting performance. Steve is a keynote presenter for teams and the public on many topics, including the area of mental health in sport. He offers experience and practical advice, which can guide psychiatrists and allied professionals who work at all levels within sport. He has addressed the National Performance Directors forum for Olympic sports on several occasions.
Steve currently works with several sports teams, including Great Britain Taekwondo and Team Sky, and has a small company based on charitable works with twenty qualified doctors and psychologists, six of which work fulltime in elite sport teams.
His book on self-development, the Chimp Paradox has now reached sales in excess of three quarters of a million in the UK alone and has been published in over fourteen different languages. It has been the top selling business book in the Times Business list for the last three years. His model of the mind is used to access the psychological aspects of how the mind works in order to maximise functioning.

What is his role in the conference?

Steve will deliver the keynote speech “A psychiatrist working in elite sport”. He will share the experiences and challenges for a psychiatrist working within the sporting world. Steve will highlight specific problems and offer solutions and guidance on how a psychiatrist can be successful working with both individuals and teams.

Why should you attend the Conference – Steve says….

The discipline of sports psychiatry is now in its formative years. Interested parties should engage in order to shape the direction and establish the foundations for the future of this specialist field. This conference offers a golden opportunity to network and begin this process.
Why should psychiatrists engage with sport?
It is a great privilege for a psychiatrist to be able to improve the quality of the lives of those they work with. A psychiatrist can help athletes and support staff to remain mentally and psychologically healthy and perform to their optimum. The psychiatrist can thereby bring an improved quality of life to all who participate, engage or watch sport, effectively influencing the nation’s health.

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