The purpose of this assignment is to assess your ability to evaluate approaches and trends in the areas of athlete mental health and mental toughness. Commentary has traditionally portrayed athletes as being resilient, tough, and able to deal with any challenges, both on and off the field. However, in recent years, we have seen a growing number of athletes publicly detailing their challenges with mental health and openly speaking about issues, such as addiction and suicide.
In this assignment, you are required to research and critically analyze the varying points of view to inform those working in sports professional practice to either continue with their current strategies or change them, based on your findings. Your research needs to cover ‘latest thinking’ and journal articles need to have been published within the last 5 years. For this assessment, you will be required to use a minimum of 10 journal articles.
Instructions Assessment Details According to Junge, & Feddermann-Demont (2016), the psychological aspects of elite athlete health and performance have received increased attention over the past two decades, particularly regarding the relationship between the mental health of elite athletes and the concept of mental toughness.
Therefore, arguing that there is a clear contradiction between encouraging players to highlight mental health, while at the same time always portraying mental toughness. Critically evaluate the statement that mental health and mental toughness are contradictory concepts in the world of elite sport, by using contemporary literature and examples with a view to informing professional practice. In your critical reflection you need to refer to:
(a) Examples of professional athletes/sports
(b) The changing views on mental health, particularly work being done on the stigma of mental health
(c) How sports have reacted to the growing numbers of athletes being identified with mental health illness.
References Junge, A. & Feddermann-Demont, N. (2016). Prevalence of depression and anxiety in top-level male and female football players. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 2(1), 1-8.
Attached below is the Jungle article to help to do the assignment
Be objective, Clear do not forget the references.