Malcolm Read Scholarship Winner 2017 – Dr Catherine Lester
Mental health problems in athletes can be as prevalent(1, 2)as in the general population. Some conditions such as eating disorders or substance abuse problems are reportedly more common in an athletic population(3). There are certainly unique considerations when dealing with mental health problems of athletes(4, 5)and potentially a lack of knowledge and awareness of clinical staff to these problems. The aim of this survey is to assess the experiences of clinicians working in sport to mental health problems, and establish their relevant knowledge and skill level. This will enable further education and resource development in this field.
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