Tennis and mental health: the role of national federations in the promotion and prevention of mental health and wellbeing
Keywords:mental health, prevention, promotion, anxiety, wellbeing
Until just a few years ago, mental health has been a neglected - but ever-present - issue in the tennis world. In recent months, many tennis players have made their mental health difficulties public. Although it is becoming more and more commonplace, the consequences of common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and sleep disorders are still unknown. For this reason, this article presents a series of strategies that could be carried out by federations, advocating the implementation of programmes focused on the prevention and promotion of mental health and well-being. Examples of initiatives developed in various countries are also given. Throughout the article, the importance of the involvement of federations in the development of prevention and promotion programmes for early detection and effective intervention is highlighted.
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