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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This webinar, facilitated through Boomerang Health, SickKids’ clinic in Vaughan, will examine new mental health challenges children and youth are experiencing and discuss their impact on the body, brain and overall behaviour of our young participants as we slowly return to sport. The latest findings in The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) 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.

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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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.