Malcolm Read Scholarship Winner 2017 – Dr Catherine Lester

SEM Trainee


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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  2. Bär KJ, Markser VZ. Sport specificity of mental disorders: the issue of sport psychiatry. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2013;263 Suppl 2:S205-10.
  3. Reardon CL. Psychiatric Comorbidities in Sports. Neurol Clin. 2017;35(3):537-46.
  4. Sports psychiatry. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2016. pages cm p.
  5. Baron DA, Reardon CL, Baron SH. Clinical sports psychiatry : an international perspective. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons; 2013. xx, 225 p. p.


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