Resources

See below additional IOC tools and programmes which provide further information related to elite athlete mental health and well-being.

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IOC Sport Mental Health Recognition Tool 1 (SMHRT-1)

SMHRT-1 was developed by the IOC Mental Health Working Group to help athletes, coaches, family and other athletes’ entourage members recognise if an elite athlete is experiencing mental health problems. The SMHRT-1 is not a diagnostic tool, but offers a list of common thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and physical changes that could be indicative of mental health problems. It also offers advice on what steps might be considered if you are observing any of these behaviors and includes a list of “red flags” that merit immediate attention.

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IOC Sport Mental Health Assessment Tool (SMHAT-1)

SMHAT-1 was created for use by licensed/registered health professionals as a standardised assessment tool to help identify at an early-stage elite athletes who may be at risk of or are already experiencing mental health symptoms and disorders in order to help facilitate timely referrals for those in need of support and/or treatment. Ideally, the SMHAT-1 should be scheduled as a routine screening alongside regular physical screenings or check-ups as well as when a significant event occurs such as injury, illness, suspected harassment/abuse, or when an athlete is transitioning out of sport.

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

The IOC Medical and Scientific Commission published a landmark consensus paper on mental health which is aimed at addressing the many different mental health issues that elite athletes may face.

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Athlete365 Career+

Athlete365 Career+ supports athletes while they prepare for and go through their career transition. It provides resources and training required to develop life skills, maximising education and employment opportunities.

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The Athletes’ Declaration (2018)

The Athletes’ Declaration outlines a common set of aspirational rights and responsibilities for athletes within the Olympic Movement.

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Athlete365 Community App

This app helps to strengthen the athlete community by allowing the community itself to create and run its own private or public groups; share expertise, experiences and key documents; and stay in the know with regular updates from the Athlete365 community.

IOC DIPLOMA AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMMES
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IOC Diploma in Mental Health in Elite Sport

Sportsoracle offers a one-year diploma programme aimed at licensed practitioners who are qualified to provide mental health services.

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IOC Certificate in Mental Health in Elite Sport

A three-month certificate programme aimed at athlete entourage members (in addition to physicians and licensed practitioners) is also available.

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IOC Certificate: Safeguarding Officer in Sport

The IOC Certificate: Safeguarding Officer in Sport course, available on sportsoracle, will equip those certified with the knowledge and tools needed to fulfil the role of Safeguarding Officer for their sports organisation.

Athlete365 Learning
CAREER
Career Transition

Learn why planning is fundamental to settling into a life after sport; what strategies to prioritise; how to better manage time; and the importance of networking to enhance employment opportunities and life after sport.

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Sports Psychology: Getting in the Zone

Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of focusing your energy, how to embrace and manage emotions and how to approach setbacks in a positive way.

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Physical Preparation

In this course you will gain a better understanding of exercise physiology and how it affects your training, explore the impact nutrition has on preparation, and learn how to create both high-performance training and recovery plans.

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Sports Medicine: Understanding Sports Injuries

Learn about managing injury risk factors and how to best prepare your body for your sport.

SAFE SPORT
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IOC Safeguarding Toolkit (2017)

This toolkit is aimed at assisting National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations (IFs) in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport.

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Safe Sport

Safe Sport – where athletes can train and compete in an environment which is respectful, equitable, and free from all forms of harassment and abuse. Visit Athlete365 for educational courses and modules, videos, and other resources and materials created to help support a safe sporting environment.