About this Research Topic
Despite a dramatic increase over recent years in the number of studies investigating mental health among elite athletes, such studies have (to a large extent) been cross-sectional and have primarily focused on estimating the prevalence of mental health concerns. Elite athletes and coaches operate in a performance-oriented environment with unique lifestyles where various (and sometimes competing) goals and values may be present both at an individual and organizational level. This Research Topic therefore aims to shed light on functional strategies and solutions for psychologically supporting athletes and coaches to obtain sustainable elite sports careers with a goal of maintained or increased wellbeing, QOL, and performance over time. Important research questions include the following:
• Essential factors in elite sports that act to promote and protect elite athletes’ and coaches’ well-being and QOL;
• The development and evaluation of tailored and evidence-based well-being and QOL-promoting interventions;
• Various methodological (e.g., assessments) and theoretical developments that could extend the knowledge within this research field.
Specific examples of research themes that this Research Topic aims to cover include:
• Evidence-based proactive interventions to promote wellbeing/QOL and performance among elite athletes at various ages and career or transition phases;
• Wellbeing supportive strategies for coaches and support staff in elite sports contexts;
• Theoretical developments around the constructs of well-being and QOL in the elite sport environment;
• Assessment approaches for measuring well-being and mental health in elite sports.
We welcome a wide variety of articles within this Research Topic, for example, systematic and narrative reviews, case reports, brief research reports, empirical studies with quantitative or qualitative research approaches, and articles which focus on theoretical discussions and assessment approaches related to wellbeing/QOL promotion. Empirical studies with longitudinal designs and interventions studies are especially welcomed, as well as studies targeting topics related to assessment of wellbeing/QOL in elite sports settings.
Topic Editor Dr. Nick Galli is employed by Headstrong Consulting. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regards to the Research Topic subject.
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Keywords: elite athlete, sustainable elite sports careers, sports performance, mental health, proactive support
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