Screening for depression in Sport
A 2016 paper by Professor Thomas Trojian (Philadelphia) in the British Journal of Sports Medicine makes some important points about depression in sport.
1. The sports physician's responsibility to look after the whole athlete/patient including mental health and well-being.
2. Sporting stresses increase the risks for athletes especially where they lack social support and are under-performing in their sport. Poor sleep and low self-esteem also contribute and female athletes are at higher risk
3. Screening is helpful but there needs to be clarity about the response to positive results from screening – most importantly the availability of a more detailed assessment and appropriate treatment.