Mental health in elite athletes: International Olympic Committee consensus statement (2019)

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Reardon C. L., Hainline B., Aron C. M., Baron D., Baum A. L., Bindra A., ...More

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, vol.53, pp.667-699, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Mental health symptoms and disorders are common among elite athletes, may have sport related manifestations within this population and impair performance. Mental health cannot be separated from physical health, as evidenced by mental health symptoms and disorders increasing the risk of physical injury and delaying subsequent recovery. There are no evidence or consensus based guidelines for diagnosis and management of mental health symptoms and disorders in elite athletes. Diagnosis must differentiate character traits particular to elite athletes from psychosocial maladaptations.