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Safeguarding and psychology – overview of the sport psychologist’s contributions

January 18, 2022, 17-18h

Safeguarding may be defined as any deliberate action of a sports governing body to ensure that athletes practice their sports in a safe environment – be it physically and mentally. More specifically, safeguarding is any action made to enhance the athletes’ well-being in the pursuit of performance, while preventing transgressive behaviours to take place, above all maltreatment in all its different forms (Mounjoy et al., 2016). What are the main actions that sports psychologists have the opportunity to offer to the world of sports in safeguarding domain? Following the IOC consensus paper on the mental health of elite athletes (Reardon et al., 2019) and the recent guidelines provided by the Health4sport initiative (Gojanovic et al., 2021), this conference aims at highlighting the principal areas of sport psychological action, to contribute to better safeguarding in sports. A specific athlete-centered approach will be presented, encompassing on the one hand actions of empowerment and psycho-education for the athletes, and on the other hand coaching education projects based on the coaches personal emotional development, positive youth development and non-violent communication.

The continuing education is free of charge. It will not be recorded. On the one hand it is part of the SASP network meeting Elterncoaching&SafeSport SASP, on the other hand it is open to all members and allies.

SASP ask for registration until January 14, 2022 to praesidentin[at]sportpsychologie.ch .

After registration SASP will send you the link to the training. 

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