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Mental Health Week: Where does Sport fit in?
13 October 2016
With this week, the 8th-16th of October being Mental Health week, it is a great opportunity to reflect on the role sport plays in supporting good mental health but also the challenges that athletes face.
Take a look at this article to understand more about the connection between sport and mental health. 

Key Messages
  1. Physical activity stimulates a biochemical response in the brain that influences one’s mental state. Regular physical activity, in appropriate amounts, contributes to personal wellbeing.
  2. Sport, recreation and physical activity can promote and encourage social interaction, which supports good mental health.
  3. Athletes are subjected to stressors having specific sporting origins, as well as stress from everyday life. Good mental health is characterised by emotional wellbeing and resilience to all sources of stress.
  4. The state of mind of an athlete has a significant impact on their athletic performance and vice versa.
  5. Diagnosis and care of an athlete’s mental health concerns must be considered within the context of sport and life.
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