A coach’s role should include fostering a team culture that supports athlete’s mental health, encouraging care-seeking and supporting athletes currently receiving mental healthcare. That conclusion is supporting in the paper “Determining the role of sport coaches in promoting athlete mental health: a narrative review and Delphi approach” which was recently published in journal BMJ.
Prevention Strategies Director of Research and Innovation, Stephen Hebard, PhD, is a co-author on the publication along with Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH and James E. Bissett, M.Sc.
The study is the first to use a structured Delphi process to develop specific recommendations about the role coaches can play in supporting athlete mental health.
Prevention Strategies is the commercialization partner to the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness