How Coaches can Support their Athletes Mental Health

An educational online course exploring practical ways coaches can support their athletes mental health

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What you'll learn

How to support athletes to talk about mental health

How to use coping skills with athletes

An introduction to mental health literacy

How to support athletes who are struggling with their mental health

How to apply mental health to every day coaching

Summary

The relationship between coach and athlete can play a large role within not only their sporting performance but also their wellbeing and mental health.  Throughout an athletes career you will be shaping and developing a number of cognitive, behavioural and emotional factors and you will be guiding athletes through a number of developmental and psychological transitions. Within the world of sport there has been an underutilisation of mental health services and the current approach to mental illness is fraught with stigmatisation. One way we can help to build positive mental health habits and support athletes to seek out help is through appropriate mental health literacy and education. This online course has been designed to provide coaches with the knowledge of how they can start supporting their athletes mental health. It will cover a variety of topics including:

  • An understanding of mental health in sport
  • The mental health continuum
  • How coaches can encourage athletes to talk about their mental health
  • Risk factors and mental health (injury, transitions, eating disorders, burnout)
  • How coaches can monitor athletes mental health
  • A introduction to depression, generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder
  • How coaches can incorporate mental health into every day coaching
  • How coaches can promote coping skills

 

Course Content

Course Materials

Course content

Welcome
1 Lecture

Welcome to your course

00:43

Introduction
2 Lectures

Introducing your course

05:10

The coach athlete relationship

02:40

Understanding mental health
2 Lectures

Common mental health problems

06:00

The mental health continuum

03:34

Mental health in sport
4 Lectures

Mental health in sport

07:31

Mental health services

05:16

Mental health literacy

05:10

Coach mental health education

04:34

Assumptions - Athletes and sport
1 Lecture

Elite sport and mental health

08:12

The stigma in sport
3 Lectures

Understanding the stigma

05:26

Stigma and gender

01:10

Encouraging athletes to talk about mental health

05:47

Risk factors and athletes
8 Lectures

Understanding risk factors

04:20

Injury in sport

06:13

Supporting injured athletes

04:19

Dealing with failure

04:12

Eating disorders

06:12

Eating disorders - role of the coach

03:11

Transitions in sport

04:39

Overtraining & Burnout

03:19

Assessing mental health
1 Lecture

Monitoring mental health

07:52

Improving mental health literacy
3 Lectures

Understanding depression

07:37

Understanding anxiety

05:23

Understanding panic attacks

04:44

Mental health and every day coaching
6 Lectures

Cognitive behavioural therapy

04:13

Mental health training plan

01:20

Building confidence

01:18

Developing a mental health friendly environment

02:12

Promoting autonomy

02:08

Building positive relationships

01:38

Having conversation about mental health
2 Lectures

Starting a conversation

05:14

What not to say

04:24

Promoting coping skills
4 Lectures

Building your athletes toolbox

02:35

Identifying thinking errors

03:54

Managing negative thoughts

06:44

Self care diary

05:06

Overview
1 Lecture

Review slide

Course materials

14 files

  • Activity diary
  • Applying mental health to everyday coaching
  • GAD-7 Questionnaire
  • How and when to use coping skills with athletes
  • How coaches can reduce the stigma attached to mental health in sport
  • How to help athletes challenge negative thoughts
  • How to incorporate mental health into your athletes training plan
  • How to regularly monitor your athletes mental health
  • How to start a conversation with an athlete about their mental health
  • How to support an athlete who is experiencing a mental health problem
  • How to support athletes through injury
  • My self care activities
  • PHQ-9 Questionnaire
  • Thinking Error thought diary

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This course includes:

  • 2.5 hrs on-demand video
  • 14 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on a variety of devices

Who is this course for:

  • Coaches

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