July 2022, Articles

Athlete wellbeing study on now

Massey University and HPSNZ are currently undertaking an online survey investigating athlete wellbeing. The survey asks athletes what they find stressful and how that may impact their mood.

The survey replicates the study undertaken by Dr Sarah Beable in 2015. To ensure robust findings, the same 14 sports (Athletics, Cycling, Canoe Slalom, Kayak, Equestrian, Hockey, Netball, Paralympics, Rowing, Rugby 7s, Sailing. Snow Sports, Swimming and Triathlon) have been invited to participate again, so that the data can be compared with data generated seven years ago.

HPSNZ Director of High Performance Steve Tew says this survey is an important opportunity for athletes to have a voice in the critical area of mental health and wellbeing.

“This study offers the chance for athletes to have their say, which will have a direct impact on the future Mental Health Strategy and support services available to athletes now and for years to come. The more athletes that take part, the greater the benefits for athletes and specific sports will be.”

Sport-specific and demographic trends will analysed and have the potential to highlight areas where extra support can be put in place or where current services available to athletes can be enhanced or increased.

This study is being carried out independently by former Olympian Sara Winther who is doing her master’s degree in Psychology at Massey University.

The survey runs until 31 August.

Athletes from the sports mentioned are asked to speak to their HPS for a link to the online survey.

Any enquiries please contact: Principle Researcher Sara Winther – sara.winther.1@uni.massey.ac.nz.