Online Course
Mental Health Considerations for Athletes
Realise the importance of athlete well-being and the clinician’s role in early identification of mental health symptoms

1.5-2 hours





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Carl Bescoby
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Dr Carl Bescoby is an injury psychologist working at the intersection of injury, health, wellbeing, and performance.

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An athlete's mental health is just as important as their physical health. In recent years, many star professional athletes have opened up about their mental health struggles and the stigma related to these struggles. They have also acknowledged the importance of looking after their mental health and well-being so that they can perform at their peak level. This course explores the mental health challenges athletes face and how we, as clinicians, can help athletes by ensuring that mental well-being remains a priority.


This course aims to create increased awareness of mental health and well-being in athlete and sports settings.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.3 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain mental health symptoms and their prevalence in athletes
  • discuss depression and anxiety in athletes in relation to risk factors and sports performance
  • describe the impact of mental health on performance
  • discuss the roles and responsibilities of healthcare providers to minimise the negative impact of mental health symptoms in athletes
  • summarise the three focus areas in the management of mental health symptoms in sports

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.