The Mental Health of Athletes – who cares?


The Mental Health of Athletes – who cares?

Meet the speakers: Professor John Rogers

John works a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at University Hospital South Manchester, Withington Community Hospital and also works as Chief Medical Officer to British Triathlon. He has a particular interest in endurance sport.

Following his passion…

John’s interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine developed when he was competing as a middle distance runner through his 20s and early 30s. He is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential through sport, exercise and physical activity. He trained and worked as a GP in Manchester before completing specialist training in Sport and Exercise Medicine in the London and Yorkshire Deaneries.
His first consultant post was with the lower limb rehabilitation team at the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court in Surrey. He worked as a Medical Officer to British Athletics at St Mary’s University and then at their National Performance Institute in Loughborough between 2008 and 2013 where he worked mainly with endurance athletes. The high prevalence of Overtraining Syndrome in this group stimulated a clinical interest in this area. He was Team Doctor to the British Paralympic Athletics Team in 2013 and was Chief Medical Officer to Team GB for the Youth Olympic Games in 2014. He is a visiting Professor and co-programme leader for a new MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University.

What is his role in the conference?

John will deliver a talk on ‘Overtraining Syndrome – Physical or Mental Health Problem?’. He will discuss the clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of this condition and the associated mental health impact.

Why should you attend the Conference – John says….

If you work in sport then there is a very high likelihood that you will be working with athletes suffering with various mental health problems. Recognising an athlete who needs help with a mental health problem and managing their care can be difficult. This conference may have a direct impact in how you identify, care for and manage such athletes. It provides a great opportunity to stimulate your interest in this growing area so that collectively we can move forward in providing better care for the athletes we work with.

Why is the Mental Health of Athletes important? John explains……

Mental health problems in athletes are common. They can cause significant distress for athletes and their families and very sadly in some cases can even result in suicide. Athletes often act as role models and can inspire us all to increased levels of sporting participation which can in turn have an impact on the health of the population as a whole.

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