Mental Health in Sports Match Officials

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The importance of positive mental health amongst athletes and sports coaches has received much attention in recent years. However, there has been limited consideration given to the mental health of sports match officials. This chapter will outline the numerous and unique stressors experienced by match officials within their role, and the impact of these stressors on subsequent mental health outcomes. This chapter will also highlight the lack of evidence-informed interventions to support the mental health of match officials. Consequently, we will provide an insight into a recent mental health-focused intervention within association football in England. We will provide a critical reflection on the intervention and present key learnings and implications to inform future mental health support for sports match officials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging and developing sports officials. Officiating excellence
EditorsTom Webb, David Hancock, Pamm Phillips, Jacob Tingle
ISBN (Electronic)9781003370987
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 25 May 2024


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