January 2011For immediate releaseIn our own words
A presentation which focuses on professional athletes¶ experiences of wellbeing,mental health and development through their careers in sport is due to take place atLeeds Metropolitan University.The event entitled µIn Our Own Words¶ will explore stories of athletes¶ lives in sport toilluminate the pressures and tensions they face and will identify opportunities andpossibilities for better supporting athlete well-being.Researcher Dr David Carless explains the research on which the presentation will bebased: ³The sporting performance and personal lives of elite and professionalathletes are subject to intense public and worldwide media scrutiny. Despite thisexposure, many issues which can threaten wellbeing, mental health and career development remain unvoiced and unacknowledged. Our work is an effort to bringthese issues into the public arena for discussion, reflection and ± ultimately ± action.´The presentation ± given by David and lead researcher and professional golfer Dr Kitrina Douglas ± features first-person accounts of professional and elite athletes¶experiences of their own sense of well-being and development across their careers.By sharing personal stories gathered through research interviews with professionalsportspeople, this public engagement presentation takes a ³behind the scenes´ lookat life in modern day sport. It aims to stimulate informed discussion and ethicalreflection on issues to do with well-being, development and support among elite andaspiring athletes in the UK.