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Mental health, defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community,” is an important concern for athletes. In 2018, research findings showed that the prevalence of mental health symptoms and disorders among current elite athletes ranged from 19% for alcohol misuse to 34% for anxiety/depression, and from 16% for distress to 26% for anxiety/depression for former elite athletes.2 Research suggests that while athletes have overall better physical health than their non-athlete counterparts, they experience similar rates of mental health symptoms and disorders.

Publication Date

Spring 4-24-2021


Journal of Emerging Sport Studies


Sport Studies


Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Child Psychology | Cognitive Psychology | Community Psychology | Health Psychology | Human Factors Psychology | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology | Sports Sciences | Sports Studies

The Role of Coaches, Institutions, and Clinicians in Addressing Athlete Mental Health