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

Sport participation has well-established physical and mental health benefits ( Biddle & Mutrie, 2008 ; Daley, 2008 ). Conversely, and as associated within the athlete population, intense exercise and physical activity has been found to compromise mental health with suggestion of increased

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Sara L. Giovannetti, Jessica R.G. Robertson, Heather L. Colquhoun, and Cindy K. Malachowski

Mental health is a growing public health problem in university students ( Bayram & Bilgel, 2008 ; Ibrahim, Kelly, Adams, & Glazebrook, 2013 ; Lageborn, Ljung, Vaez, & Dahlin, 2017 ; Storrie, Ahern, & Tuckett, 2010 ). University students are often at an increased risk for mental health issues due

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Philp Sullivan, Jessica Murphy, and Mishka Blacker

information, individuals are aware that they benefit from understanding the importance of symptom recognition, early intervention, and prevention of physical illness or injury ( Jorm, 2012 ). Unfortunately, the benefits to having this level of understanding and awareness in regard to mental health are much

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Brad Donohue, Yulia Gavrilova, Marina Galante, Elena Gavrilova, Travis Loughran, Jesse Scott, Graig Chow, Christopher P. Plant, and Daniel N. Allen

; Sundgot-Borgen & Torstveit, 2004 ). There is support to suggest specialized mental health interventions are warranted in athletes ( Donohue et al., 2016 ). Indeed, athletes have been indicated to experience unique stressors ( Gulliver, Griffiths, & Chrisenisen, 2012 ; Schwenk, 2003 ), they are

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

Common mental health disorders (CMDs) include different types of depression and anxiety disorders ( Stansfeld et al., 2016 ). They are associated with a range of emotional, cognitive, behavioural and physical symptoms, and cause substantial emotional distress and interfere with daily function. They

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Brian J. Foster and Graig M. Chow

) developed the Mental Health Continuum, currently referred to as the Mental Health Continuum—Long Form (MHC-LF). The measure consists of 40 items, including seven items measuring subjective well-being, six 3-item subscales measuring the six dimensions of psychological well-being, and five 3-item subscales

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Bradley Donohue, Marina Galante, Julia Maietta, Bern Lee, Nina Paul, Joanne E. Perry, Arianna Corey, and Daniel N. Allen

comparable to, or higher than, their non-athlete peers (see Donohue, Gavrilova, Galante, Gavrilova et al., 2018 ; Reardon & Factor, 2010 ; Rice et al., 2016 ), who between the ages of 18–36 years have a 30% annual incidence of mental health issues ( U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012

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Misia Gervis, Helen Pickford, and Thomas Hau

Literature Review Although the prevalence or risk of mental health problems faced by current or former professional footballers is comparable to ( Rice et al., 2016 ) or if not greater than ( Gouttebarge, Frings-Dresen, & Sluiter, 2015 ; McManus, Bebbington, Jenkins, & Brugha, 2016 ; van Ramele

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Sarah A. McGraw, Christopher R. Deubert, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Alixandra Nozzolillo, Lauren Taylor, and I. Glenn Cohen

liability. These physical and financial realities can cause NFL players significant mental and emotional stress. In order to better understand issues affecting the lives of NFL players, we conducted a qualitative interview study with players and family members, covering a wide range of topics. Mental health

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Stewart A. Vella

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which individuals realize their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can make a contribution to their communities ( World Health Organization, 2004