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Conference: Competing in the Dark – Mental Health in Sport

21 March 2018 - The Open University, Milton Keynes

On Wednesday 21 March 2018 the Open University Sport and Fitness Team will be hosting their 3rd annual conference. This year’s conference will be exploring the contemporary issue of mental health in sport.

While top level athletes are often idolised and portrayed as figures of supreme physical and mental strength, more and more are speaking out about the mental health challenges they have faced. This conference seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues in sport and explore contemporary research in the field and strategies to support athletes.

In this video WELS academics Dr Caroline Heaney and Dr Karen Howells introduce the sport and fitness team’s forthcoming conference.


Confirmed speakers

  • Olympic Gold Medallist (hockey) Helen Richardson-Walsh
  • Kitrina Douglas and David Carless (Leeds Beckett University)
  • Richard Bryan (Rugby Players’ Association)
  • Jessie Barr (University of Limerick)
View the draft conference programme.

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The delegate fees which includes lunch and refreshments are listed below:
  • Standard = £110
  • Student = £50
  • OU Student = £20



To register for the conference please complete the online registration form below.

View details of how to pay for the conference.

Online Registration Form

Visit conference website and keep up with developments by following @OU_SportConf on twitter.


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