Research Summary – March 2023
This investigation aimed to assess the nature of stress elite athletes are experiencing, how many athletes within the New Zealand high performance sport system are experiencing depressive/low mood symptoms and to what degree.
The research assessed athlete stress by looking at everyday tasks that could be viewed as ‘stress-causing hassles’ for an individual. (Hassles refer to day-to-day annoyances that can, when added up, become a large part of a person’s overall stress.)
This research was independent, carried out by Massey University, and endorsed and supported by HPSNZ.
The findings outlined below highlight the importance of maintaining an active focus on the mental health of high performance athletes.