Setting the scene: Mental health in elite sport

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There appears to be increasing evidence that at both the club and national governing body level, considerable interest exists in supporting the mental health (MH) of elite athletes. Just as physical training must be balanced with adequate recovery to see progress, psychological demands must also be balanced with recovery and mental performance and MH support. But which strategies are most suitable for MH promotion and prevention, and how can they be organized and implemented? What course of action should be taken when MH challenges become illnesses and what factors must be taken into consideration for the treatment of mental disorders in elite sport contexts? The purpose of this introduction is to define MH and provide an overview of recent consensus statements on athlete MH from international organizations, associations and committees.


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