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Blurred lines: Performance enhancement, common mental disorders and referral in the U.K. athletic population

Roberts, CM and Tod, DA and Faull, AL (2016) Blurred lines: Performance enhancement, common mental disorders and referral in the U.K. athletic population. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

The prevalence of mental ill-health in the athletic population is a topic that has received increasing amounts of both media and research attention in recent years (cf. Hill, MacNamara, Collins and Rodgers, 2015; MacIntyre, Brewer, Van Raalte, O’Shea, & Brown, 2015). Driven in part by the awareness-raising of elite athletes who have suffered and in some cases continue to suffer with mental ill-health, this topic is one that deserves the momentum it has attained. Amongst those who have spoken out about their struggles with mental ill-health are cricketers Jonathan Trott, Michael Yardy, Marcus Trescothick and Matthew Hoggard; footballers Stan Collymore, Clarke Carlisle and Neil Lennon; cyclist Victoria Pendleton; track and field athlete, Dame Kelly Holmes; rugby union player Duncan Bell; boxer Frank Bruno and snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan. Despite these attempts to put mental ill-health in sport under the spotlight, there remains a consensus that the true prevalence is under-reported.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 10:49
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 10:55
DOI or Identification number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01067
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3849

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