Mental Health v Medals
Thursday 18th June 12:30 - 13:15
Performing in high-pressure environments will undoubtedly have significant impacts on athletes’ performance and wellbeing. As we head towards Tokyo 2020 Olympics – how has the landscape changed during the last 4 year cycle; is it really about mental health v medals or can we have mental health and medals?
In 2018 the EIS and UK Sport announced its mental health strategy for the high performance sport system and have a dedicated team implementing this strategy- demonstrating a growing recognition of the benefits of athletes’ mental health and the impact on injury, illness, availability and readiness to train and compete. Supporting mental health is becoming accepted as a contributing factor in athletes’ ability to thrive and succeed in high pressure environments.
Our panel of experts will explore – what we mean by ‘mental health’; What we know about mental health in elite athletes; How can we support athletes’ mental health; and what can be done to support the athlete with life after sport.