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Tonic of the Sea

'Tonic of the Sea' is a 2017 mini-documentary from Jonathan J Scott Films showing the link between mental health and sea swimming. Katie swims off the rocks of Penzance, UK nearly everyday of the year. Open water swimming has helped her overcome some of the struggles that life all too often throws our way. The hope is that her story may help others who are faced with similar …
Date: 10:22:33 29.05.2022
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Mental Health,

Huw Edwards, Talking Sport & Tech

The first episode of Talking Sport & Tech podcast featured Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, the not-for-profit health body with a mission to get More People, More Active, More Often. Huw has played a key role in shaping ukactive’s strategy, as well as leading the organisation’s engagement with government.   In this episode, Huw shares how his career to-date has been …
Date: 09:28:01 18.05.2022
Categories: General
Keywords:  Leadership

Open water Swimming: The joys and the myths

Her Spirit is a global community of like-minded women all getting fitter, stronger and healthier together who believe your mind, body and fuel are intrinsically linked and taking small achievable steps will lead to big changes. Regardless of your ability, location or stage of life Her Spirit has something for everyone.  Join an inclusive bunch of women who believe that being fit and health…
Date: 12:04:41 20.04.2022
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Tips,Mental Health,Motivation

The Open Water Swim Traverse

On 17 October 2019 at 13:45 pm, a team of six swimmers set out to cross the Mediterranean Sea in an Open Water Swim Traverse from Cyprus to Lebanon. The swim, which covered an average distance of 180 km, was undertaken to raise awareness on the harmful impact of single-use plastics in the Mediterranean Sea. Each swimmer swam an average of 30km; equivalent to 3 marathons in 2.2 days! In doing …
Date: 10:29:33 01.09.2021
Categories: Open Water

The Coalition Tackles ... the wellbeing crisis

In the first episode of The Coalition Tackles... Ollie Dudfield, Executive Director of the Sport for Development Coalition chats with Hayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity for Mind about the role of sport and physical activity in tackling the mental health and wellbeing crisis brought on by COVID-19.
Date: 09:12:51 11.04.2021
Categories: General
Keywords:  Mental Health,

Michael Phelps opens up about his struggles with mental health

"Outside The Lines" is an Emmy Award-winning show on ESPN that examines off the field trends and issues in the world of sports. Decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps sat down with Jeremy Schaap  to share his journey with depression and discusses the impact of other athletes coming forward with stories of their own struggles with mental health. View video below and article…
Date: 10:24:01 19.05.2020
Categories: General
Keywords:  Mental Health,Depression

Athletes’ mental health - a major issue

Assistant Dean at McMaster University, member of the FINA (World Swimming) and the IOC Working Group on Mental Health in Athletes, Dr Margo Mountoy (MD, Dip Sport Med [CASEM], PhD) shares practical insights in Episode 421 of the BMJ Talk Medicine podcast.. What 4 things should a team physician do to help an athlete who has mental health symptoms or a diagnosed mental health disorder? Read …
Date: 13:02:44 19.03.2020
Categories: Coaching
Keywords:  Mental Health,

Technology Use and Mental Health

A new study into young people’s mobile phone use and the effects it can have on their mental health has found that it matches addictive behaviour. 23% of young people that took part in the study from King’s College London displayed behaviour consistent with addiction, including anxiety over being unable to use their phone, being unable to moderate the time spent using mobile phones,…
Date: 16:55:43 03.12.2019
Categories: General

Mental Health and Wellbeing

In the April 2019 pilot episode of The Youth Sport Trust podcast, Dr Pooky Knightsmith (Mental Health Educator, Author, Speaker & Advisor), Kate Weiler (Trainer Consultant, Young Minds), Tim Buckle (Skills Mentor, Chimp Management) and Vicci Wells (National Manager - Targeted Interventions, Youth Sport Trust) chat about mental health and wellbeing. From who is most at risk, what needs …
Date: 11:32:55 21.11.2019
Categories: General
Keywords:  Health

Optimizing Athletic Recovery—The Importance of Sleep Pt1

One of the most important aspects of athletic performance is something we all do for a third of our lives, but until recently, had rarely been discussed. In the first of this two-part BMJ Talk Medicine episode, Dr. Krys Bigosinski and Dr. Cindy Chang discuss the role of sleep in sports medicine. They cover topics including the role of sleep in sports performance, the challenges of travel …
Date: 12:31:35 08.11.2019
Categories: General
Keywords:  Sleep

Exploring Coaching and Mental Well-being

In this 2017 podcast UK Coaching explore the positive impact coaching has on mental well-being with Dr Karen Howells, a sports psychologist working as a sports and fitness lecturer at the Open University. The discussion focused on several topics, including: Why coaching the whole person was beneficial for participant long-term welfare; why it is important for coaches to be cognisant about …
Date: 12:20:22 28.09.2019
Categories: Coaching
Keywords:  Mental Health

The mental health of young people

By many measures the UK is better than it was in the 1950s, but is it a better place in which to be young? Teenagers are more likely to be depressed today than they were during the Great Depression. Self-harm and suicide are on the rise. What’s going on? How far should we feel collectively responsible for the mental health of young people? Improve your promotion of postive mental health …
Date: 11:58:34 07.02.2019
Categories: General
Keywords:  Mental Health,

Time to Share

A very high percentage of posts on social media generated by Clubs and parents around swim meets  celebrate medal successes. And while there may be hundreds of 'medal winners' during weekends of competition, it's still only a small proportion of overall numbers competing in our sport. There will be many progressive 'steps' before athletes demonstrate podium potential …
Date: 13:29:34 29.01.2019
Categories: General

Kick Set: Allison Schmitt

In this episode of the USA Swimming podcast, Olympian Allison Schmitt talks about her journey in the sport of swimming and brings awareness to the importance of mental health. Listen on Soundcloud.
Date: 11:37:31 13.11.2018
Categories: General
Keywords:  Mental Health,

Swimming World Biweekly - October 21, 2018

In this issue, read about the importance of mental health as presented by prominent advocates in the swimming world, including Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe, Missy Franklin, and Allison Schmitt. Ryan Lochte's latest rehab strategy to dominate the Tokyo Olympics, and Sean Hutchison's ban from coaching. Plus, catch up on the latest news from the pools, like the exciting results from the …
Date: 02:27:45 01.11.2018
Categories: General
Keywords:  Mental Health

Will one in four people develop a mental health problem?

The claim that “one in four” of us will suffer from a mental health problem is popular amongst campaigners, politicians and the media. But this leads you to a simple question – where is this figure from and what’s the evidence? This was exactly what neuroscientist Jamie Horder asked, and far from being simple, it led him on quite a journey. So do we really know how …
Date: 12:51:55 11.10.2018
Categories: General
Keywords:  Health

Volunteering and Well-being

We might all think that volunteering – through meeting new people, learning new skills and getting involved in your community – is good for wellbeing, but is there any evidence that backs this up? And how can charities and organisations measure the wellbeing benefits of their volunteering projects? On 9 February NCVO brought together more than 50 organisations to discuss all this …
Date: 17:20:56 28.04.2018
Categories: General
Keywords:  Volunteering