Support Optimal Health & Wellness

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of mental health challenges experienced begin in childhood or youth

Participants can experience mental health challenges for a variety of reasons related to on and off the field activities. As the coach, you can create an environment where taking care of one’s mental health is encouraged and supported, making it more likely for your participants to come forward when they need assistance. 

Supporting Participant Mental Health

Today’s youth experience stressors from a variety of sources, including their peers, family, school and social media. Within sport, coaches can help to create this safe space by talking openly about mental and emotional health. By adopting this proactive approach to mental health and wellness, you will help your participants develop tools that will enable them to become healthy and resilient adults.

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Mental Health for Coaches

Burnout from stress is unfortunately an all-too familiar problem for coaches in sport. While coaches dedicate themselves to creating a positive, rewarding and fulfilling sport experience for their participants, they often neglect their own self care in the process. You’re not in the best position possible to help your athlete’s development when you are neglecting your own health and wellness.

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Anxiety

Everyone feels anxious, afraid or stressed. Whether from on field or off field stressors, coaches play a vital role in recognizing signs of distress and supporting youth through these moments so all participants can think more clearly, focus, perform better and ultimately have more fun!

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Disordered Eating

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental illnesses that can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. Research indicates that athletes are two to three times more susceptible to developing an eating disorder than their peers. Coaches have a responsibility to be aware of the symptoms of eating disorders and how they can negatively impact an athlete’s overall health.

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Upcoming Mental Health Webinars - Register TODAY!

CAO and Hydro One are excited to present these new opportunities through our continued Safe Sport 101 partnership. This will bring a series of free upcoming webinars focused on safety in sport. Together we are helping to build a culture of safety both physically and emotionally for coaches and participants across Ontario.

November 10, 2021 – Disordered Eating in Athletes: What You Need to Know

Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 7:00pm EST
Cost: FREE
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This webinar will provide the knowledge to help you, your participants and parents navigate the sometimes tricky world of eating to fuel performance while developing a healthy relationship with food.

Meet the Speaker:

Danelle Kabush is a registered clinical counsellor and mental performance consultant. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology and an MA in Sport Psychology from The University of Ottawa, as well as BSc in Psychology and a BA in French from the University of Washington.  For her doctorate, Danelle looked at how coaches and athletes communicate about training in endurance sport and how communication styles are linked to athletes’ self-determined motivation. 

On top of a small private counselling practice, Danelle has spent the last 15 years working as mental performance consultant through the Canadian Sport Institute. Danelle has worked with many different winter and summer sports as a key member of an integrated support team. Working at the national team level with the sports of Biathlon, Cross-Country, Short and Long Track speed skating, Para/Road Cycling, Paralympic Goal Ball, Mountain Biking, Rowing, and Athletics, Danelle has traveled to multiple national and international competitions as the mental performance consultant, as well as provided mental health/mental skills training and countless workshops to a diverse number of athletes, coaches, and staff in their preparation for major competitions such as World Championships and Olympic Games.

Participants will also receive 1 NCCP PD Point

December 1, 2021 – COVID-19’s Effect on Youth Mental & Emotional Health: Where do we go from Here?
 

Date: December 1, 2021
Time: 7:00pm EST
Cost: FREE
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The past 18 months of sport, school and extracurricular suspensions and modifications have had a profound impact on Ontario children and youth. The latest findings in the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) ongoing COVID-19 mental health study indicates the heightened levels of depression and anxiety among children and youth seen at the start of the pandemic has remained consistent. This webinar will examine new mental health challenges children and youth are experiencing and share the impact these challenges have on the body, brain and overall behaviour of our participants as we slowly return to sport.

Participants will also receive 1 NCCP PD Point