This week, Podium Analytics welcomed experts from mental health and psychological wellbeing to help with our mission to make sport safer, focusing specifically on how we can reduce the psychological impact of sports injuries in young people.
Podium is developing a Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing strategy as a core part of our mission. On Tuesday 10th May, academic experts, charity leaders, former professional athletes, teachers, and Podium staff met to discuss the actions Podium will take, in collaboration with other key stakeholders, using science and data alongside real-world practical interventions to make sport safer for young people.
- Professor Joan Duda, Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Birmingham
- Professor Robert Hepach, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
- Sarah Hughes, CEO, Centre for Mental Health and Adviser to FA Mental Health Programme
- Debbie Jevans, Special Adviser for Sport, Podium Analytics
- Neil Moggan, Director of Sports, Health and PSHE, City Academy Norwich
- Sam Parfitt, Founder, The True Athlete Project
- Dr Tim Rogers, Consultant Psychiatrist, and sports and mental health expert
- Professor Andy Smith, Professor of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University
- Amy Williams MBE, Former British Skeleton Racer and Olympic Gold Medallist
The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘loneliness’. At our workshop this week, we discussed sports injury and its link to feelings of loneliness. We also discussed recovery and how best to combat feelings of loneliness during the challenging days, weeks and sometimes months of injury recovery.