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FEPSAC position statement: Mental health disorders in elite athletes and models of service provision
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6500-182x
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Box 5626, Stockholm, 11486, Sweden & School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, 125 University Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada.
Institute of Psychology, German Sport University Cologne, Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6, Köln, 50933, Germany & German Research Centre of Elite Sport – Momentum, German Sport University Cologne, Am Sportpark Müngersdorf .
National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP), 11 avenue du Tremblay, Paris, 75012, France.
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2018 (English)In: Psychology of Sport And Exercise, ISSN 1469-0292, E-ISSN 1878-5476, Vol. 38, no September 2018, p. 61-71Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mental health disorders (MHD) in elite athletes is a topic that has received increased attention in recent years. The overall aim of this position statement is to enhance awareness of this important topic and to critically discuss optimal service provision for athletes who suffer from MHD. In the first part of the paper a short overview of the research on MHD in elite athletes is provided. Elite athletes seem to have comparable prevalence rates for the most common MHD when compared to non-athletic peers, but there are still many disorders that have not been investigated in athletes. Sport specific situations such as injuries, periods of overtraining and career termination may put athletes at an increased risk of developing MHD. In the second part of the paper, models of service provision for elite athletes suffering from MHD from six European countries are presented, focusing on 1) professional service providers, 2) support systems, 3) diagnostic assessment, 4) clinical treatment, 5) performance during treatment, 6) screening, and 7) education systems. It emerges that competencies, certification issues, and professional boundaries of the involved service providers, as well as the structure of the National Health Care systems differ strongly across European countries, which makes defining a golden standard difficult. In the third part of this paper, the authors provide general recommendations for athletes and coaches, clubs, federations, organizations and scholars that hopefully will inspire stakeholders to optimize their support systems. © 2018

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 38, no September 2018, p. 61-71
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Clinical treatment, Diagnostic assessment, Education, Professional service providers, Screening
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38738DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.05.013ISI: 000441687300008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048508515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-38738DiVA, id: diva2:1276817
Available from: 2019-01-09 Created: 2019-01-09 Last updated: 2019-01-09Bibliographically approved

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