1st Edition

Mental Health in Elite Sport Applied Perspectives from Across the Globe

    150 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    150 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Mental Health in Elite Sport: Applied Perspectives from Across the Globe provides a focused, exhaustive overview of up-to-date mental health research, models, and approaches in elite sport to provide researchers, practitioners, coaches, and students with contemporary knowledge and strategies to address mental health in elite sport across a variety of contexts.

    Mental Health in Elite Sport is divided into two main parts. The first part focuses globally on mental health service provision structures and cases specific to different world regions and countries. The second part focuses on specific mental health interventions across countries but also illustrates specific case studies and interventions as influenced by the local context and culture. This tour around the world offers readers an understanding of the massive global differences in mental health service provision within different situations and organizations. This is the first book of its kind in which highly experienced scholars and practitioners openly share their programs, methods, reflections, and failures on working with mental health in different contexts.

    By using a global, multi-contextual analysis to address mental health in elite sport, this book is an essential text for practitioners such as researchers, coaches, athletes, as well as instructors and students across the sport science and mental health fields.

    List of contributors

    Series foreword

    Chapter 1: Setting the scene: Mental health in elite sport

    Carsten Hvid Larsen, Andreas Küttel, Karin Moesch, Natalie Durand-Bush and Kristoffer Henriksen

    PART I. Cases and structures of mental health across countries

    Chapter 2: Mental health in Germany: Examples of good practice in preventing mental disorders and promoting mental health in elite athletes

    Marion Sulprizio, Jens Kleinert and Johanna Belz

    Chapter 3: Mental health in elite sport: perspectives from sub-Saharan Africa

    Tshepang Tshube, Lingani Mbakile-Mahlanza, Gaorekwe V. Nthutang and Justice Dipeba

    Chapter 4: Mental Health in Brazilian Sport: Olympic, Paralympic and Soccer Athletes

    Franco Noce, Varley Teoldo da Costa, Marcelo Callegari Zanetti, Maria Regina Ferreira Brandão, Ciro Winckler, Fabrízio Veloso Rodrigues, Aline Arias Wolf and Cristina Carvalho de Melo

    Chapter 5: Establishing a mental health clinic for elite sports: The Swedish model

    Göran Kenttä and Karin Hyland

    Chapter 6: Creating a national system to support mental health and enhance wellbeing across high performance sport

    Lisa Olive, Simon Rice, Matt Butterworth, Mary Spillane, Matti Clements and Rosemary Purcell

    Chapter 7: Mental health and sport in Canada: An example of sport-focused collaborative careNatalie Durand-Bush and Krista Van Slingerland

    PART II. Specific interventios on mental health across countries

    Chapter 8: ACT for Health Anxiety and Performance Readiness

    Alexander Cohen

    Chapter 9: Coach’s Influence on Athletes’ Mental Health in Taiwan: A Case Report

    Frank J. H. Lu

    Chapter 10: Collaborative Case Management: Supporting Mental Health in the UK’s High Performance Sport System

    Samuel Cumming, Sarah Cecil and Amanda Gatherer

    Chapter 11: From tragic incidents to sound value-based leadership: A summary

    Carsten Hvid Larsen, Karin Moesch, Natalie Durand-Bush and Kristoffer Henriksen



    Carsten Hvid Larsen is an associate professor at the Faculty of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and head of sport psychology and sport psychology consultant in FC Nordsjaelland football club.

    Karin Moesch is employed as a sport psychologist at the Department for Elite Sports at the Swedish Sports Confederation. She also holds a position as a researcher at the Department of Psychology at Lund University.

    Natalie Durand-Bush is a sport psychology professor, scientist, and practitioner in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Natalie is the Director of the SEWP LAB and the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS).

    Kristoffer Henriksen is an associate professor at the Faculty of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and sport psychology practitioner in Team Denmark.

    "When people talk about sport competition they often enjoy those critical moments, fantastic performance, and unbelievable comeback in a final. They may well understand the philosophy of no pain, no gain, but in elite sport they still, however, underestimate how much pain those athletes stand in long term training. Tough training, high physical demand, and high pressure are often beyond the expectation or competence of athletes, and thus arouse mental health (MH) concerns from sport psychologists. As a book in the ISSP book series, Mental Health in Elite Sport: Applied Perspectives from Across the Globe, Professor Carsten Hvid Larsen, Karin Moesch, Natalie Durand-Bush, and Kristoffer Henriksen give us a good opportunity to have both an overall picture and a detailed view to understand how important MH is for athletes’ sport career and long-term development. The discussions covered in this book include a variety of topics from conceptualization and definition of MH in elite sport to specific MH interventions across the globe. Those ideas and research findings about MH in elite sport are really very informative and inspiring for coaches, sport administration officers, athletes’ parents, as well as applied psychology students and sport psychologists. I feel that it is also a must for those professionals and supporting team staff working within elite sports. Without understanding the psychological aspect of elite sport one can not understand elite sport as a whole. With the same reasoning, without understanding the MH of elite athletes one cannot understand elite athletes as a whole. So you are greatly encouraged to read this book. It is worth your time."—Liwei Zhang, Beijing Sport University, China

    "A book with all this knowledge combined is something I have longed for as a psychologist working around the world with professional athletes. The world wide perspective with different culture is well balanced and needed for a holistic perspective when working with mental health in a global perspective. This will help both clinical personal as well as athletes and coaches wanting to know more about mental health." —Caroline Jönsson, Founder and CEO of Insightgap Psychology AB