Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity-Addressing the Adverse Psychological Impacts

  • Thursday, 10 December 2020
  • Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury, London
  • 08:30 - 16:30
150+
Conference
Attendees
8
CPD
Credits
10+
Expert Speakers
20+
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

The benefits of exercise and sport participation are well documented and the positive physical and mental health impacts are widely acknowledged.
However, for those invested heavily in physical activity and particularly those who have opted to make sport their life, there can be negative consequences.

The Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity-Addressing the Adverse Psychological Impacts conference forms part of an extensive portfolio of events focusing on mental health and will explore the detrimental relationship between physical activity and wellbeing.

There is evidence that shows that engaging in competitive sport can adversely impact on athlete’s psychological health. Elite sportspeople come under enormous pressures involving regimented training regimes, excelling in competition, media scrutiny, and meeting the expectations of adoring fans as role models. Losing, demotion, injury and retirement all contribute to a unique set of career anxieties.
In a recent study at grass roots level, 57% of people, across all sports have experience of mental illness, whilst 59% of those working at grassroots level have suffered with a mental health condition.

Open Forum Events invites you to join us at the Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity-Addressing the Adverse Psychological Impacts conference. This meeting will address some of the psychological challenges associated with sports participation and physical activity. The agenda will explore the causes on mental illness and how they are being tackled and overcome at both elite level and grass roots.

Delegates will:
• Gain an understanding of the prevalence on mental health issues amongst sportsmen and women and those who undertake physical exercise
• Learn more about some of the key events that can lead to diminished mental wellbeing in athletes and how these can be mitigated
• Hear about how individuals are impacted and learn how to recognise situations and offer the necessary support

 

It is generally thought that those participating in sport, particularly elite athletes, are immune to mental health issues. With the majority view that exercise if good for physical and mental health and a focus on physical performance, mental health is all too often overlooked.

Engaging in any kind of sport or physical exercise, at any level, can induce a raft of psychological issues. Pressure of intense training programmes, body image, scrutiny through either mainstream or social media, plus the anxiety experienced when the opportunity to partake is removed through injury or retirement, can all apply negative consequences on individual’s mental health.

Mental health in general has suffered from stigma and negative stereotyping. Research indicates that athletes show a poor level of understanding of mental health and often fail to recognise when they are suffering with symptoms and not seek professional help. This is particularly common amongst sportsmen where a culture of masculinity and strength, with a fear of showing any signs of weakness can compound the issues. This is borne out with general national statistics revealing that suicide remains the most common cause of death amongst men aged 20-49.

The Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity-Addressing the Adverse Psychological Impacts conference will discuss some of the key influencers adversely impacting on the wellbeing of those engaging in sport and physical exercise. With an array of expertise formulating the speaker programme, this conference is for all professionals, from all levels, to gain a greater understanding of the potential risks on mental health from sport and exercise participation.

 

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  • Gain a greater understanding of how sport and physical activity mental health can impact on mental health in a negative way
  • Learn how to recognise the signs and how you can support individuals and provide the help they need
  • Discover more about the ramifications of when exercise becomes an addiction and individuals become dependent
  • Explore the psychological damage caused on wellbeing when participation is denied through events such as injury or retirement
  • Be updated on the consequences of concussion and brain injury on mental health and how these are being addressed in contact sport
  • Understand more about the prevalence of eating disorders amongst the sport/exercise community and what causes them
  • Hear from athletes who have experienced mental health problems and how it impacts on their lives and how they have successfully walked the path of recovery
  • Gain insight into Mental Health Literacy programmes and how they are encouraging disclosure and openness
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing, professional networking and contribute to the wider conversation
  • Establish contacts
  • Gain CPD Points
  • Contact Details
  • Sponsors
  • Venue
  • Featured Events
  • Downloads
  • Who will attend

Contact Details

Sponsors

Venue

Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury, London

Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury, London

Overlooking a quaint Dickensian lane in the Bloomsbury literary district, this 19th-century hotel with a grand exterior and a modern contemporary interior is a 5-minute walk from Euston tube and train station.

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who will attend

  • Coaches
  • Medical professionals
  • Player welfare professionals
  • Safeguarding professionals
  • National governing bodies
  • Player associations
  • Player welfare managers
  • Sports psychiatrists
  • Sports psychologists
  • Academics / Students
  • Club owners
  • Senior decision makers
  • Policy makers