Mental health within elite sport has traditionally been ignored, but recent research has shown that competitive sport can at times seriously undermine mental health and that athletes are exposed to specific stressors that hinder their mental health optimisation.
Mental Health and Well-being Interventions in Sport provides an indispensable guide for researchers and practitioners wanting to understand and implement sport-based intervention processes. This important book adopts an evidenced based approach, discussing the context of the intervention, its design and implementation, and its evaluation and legacy. With cases on depression, eating disorders, and athletic burnout, the book is designed to provide practitioners, policy makers and researchers with a cutting-edge overview of the key issues involved in this burgeoning area, while also including cases on how sport itself has been used as a method to improve mental health.
Written for newcomers and established practitioners alike, the text is an essential read for researchers and practitioners in better understanding the sport setting-based intervention processes through presenting current research, theory and practice, applicable in a variety of sports settings and contexts.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Section 1: Mental health awareness programmes for athletes and coaches
Chapter 2 State of Mind Ireland (SOMI): A Multicomponent Intervention for University Athletes
Chapter 3 Using Mindfulness to promote well-being with an international youth basketball player
Chapter 4 Improving the mental health literacy of high performance sport staff: A case study from Australia
Chapter 5 The Optimum Performance Program in Sports: A Case of Bulimia Nervosa in a Lean Sport Athlete
Chapter 6 Prevention of burnout and depression in junior elite swimmers: A case study from Germany
Chapter 7 Using Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy to Promote Psychological Well-being with a Paralympic Athlete
Section 2: Mental health awareness programmes for the public delivered through sport
Chapter 8 Tackling the Blues: Designing a Theoretically-Informed Sports-Based Mental Health Programme for Children and Young People
Chapter 9 Cell Workouts: Promoting healthy bodies and healthy minds in prison
Chapter 10 Critical reflections and the way forward
Gavin Breslin is the Head of School of Sport and a Senior Lecturer at Ulster University, UK
Gerard Leavey is Director of the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Well-being at Ulster University, UK