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Susanna Kola-Palmer, Samantha Buckley, Gabrielle Kingston, Jonathan Stephen, Alison Rodriguez, Nicole Sherretts and Kiara Lewis

that physical activity confers positive effects on mental health (e.g.,  Harvey, Hotopf, Øverland, & Mykletun, 2010 ), it has also been suggested that experience of performing at an elite sporting level is associated with the potential for negative mental health outcomes. Elite sport is stressful, and

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David Lilley

Brock builds upon its strangeness. He first observes an ethical limitation in the call for good sportsmanship—it produces few clear examples of compassion in elite sport. He then relates compassion to the receipt of mercy, with the narration of disability providing a bodily frame (pp. 106–108). Mercy

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Florence Lebrun, Áine MacNamara, Dave Collins and Sheelagh Rodgers

the period of peak performance in sport ( Rice et al., 2016 ; Sebbens, Hassmén, Crisp, & Wensley, 2016 ). As such, the existence of depressive disorders in elite sport is, perhaps, unsurprising given this overlap ( Gulliver et al., 2012 ; Kessler & Bromet, 2013 ). Elite athletes are confronted with

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A.P. (Karin) de Bruin and Raôul R.D. Oudejans

everywhere.” (track-and-field athlete). Sport body image experiences: Regarding athletic body image, the respondents recognized an increased body awareness in the elite sport arena. “Before I went to that elite gymnastics club, I already heard things like ‘you cannot eat candy anymore’ and so on. When I

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Gabriella McLoughlin, Courtney Weisman Fecske, Yvette Castaneda, Candace Gwin and Kim Graber

, Sabiston, & Bloom, 2011 ). Pelletier et al. ( 1995 ) conceptualized three forms of intrinsic motivation: to know, to accomplish , and to experience stimulation ( Deci & Ryan, 1985 ; Vallerand et al., 1992 ) within an elite sport environment. They described intrinsic motivation to know as the

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Hannah Butler-Coyne, Vaithehy Shanmuganathan-Felton and Jamie Taylor

, retirement and “struggling in silence” were all referenced as particular “pressure points” impacting on athletes’ mental health. The research led to the development of the Performance Matters: Mental Health in Elite Sport report, accessible in the public domain. In response, governing bodies from targeted

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Breanna Drew and James Matthews

, Seligman, & McBride, 2011 ); secondary education ( Boniwell & Ryan, 2012 ) and elite sport ( Fletcher & Sarkar, 2016 ). These programmes typically focus on personal characteristics (e.g., optimism and self-regulation), a facilitative social environment (e.g., information rich feedback, encouragement of

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Martin J. Turner, Stuart Carrington and Anthony Miller

Elite Sport,” 2017 ). Some authors ( Hughes & Leavey, 2012 ) posit that athletes are at greater risk of mental illness due to the contextual demands of sport such as the requirement for high effort, great investment of time, and high exertion of energy, leading to loss of autonomy and disempowerment

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Danielle Peers, Timothy Konoval and Rebecca Marsh Naturkach

discursively absent because they are not imagined or welcomed within the program. The inclusion of para-athletes in primarily athletic discourses was also evident on some DSO websites. Global Wheelchair Athletics adopts an entirely elite sport discourse throughout its website, while making it clear that it

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Gavin Breslin, Tandy Haughey, Wesley O’Brien, Laura Caulfield, Alexa Robertson and Martin Lawlor

). The behaviour change wheel: A guide to designing interventions . London, United Kingdom : Silverback . Mind . ( 2014 ). Performance matters in elite sport . https