IOC Diploma in Mental Health in Elite Sport


All Modules use lectures (in electronic format), discussion forums, and instructor feedback on written work to establish knowledge and understanding of the subject. Students are also provided with an targeted program of directed reading. Formal coursework and examinations are used to assess the acquisition of knowledge and understanding and to encourage students to link theory with professional practice.

Skills and other attributes

  1. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Describe the key principles involved in the overview and management of mental health issues in elite athletes
  • Apply theoretical principles of mental health in sport to the practical world of sport and exercise
  • Critically evaluate the research evidence that informs current best practice

Lectures are used for the analysis and development of the cognitive skills. The assessments require the submission of individual reports that allow the students to demonstrate their abilities in using knowledge of mental health principles to deal with problems through analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Module assessments require a combination of reading, analysis and personal reflection.

  1. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Develop a plan for how the mental health needs of their athletes will be triaged and managed.
  • Have knowledge on the common mental health symptoms and disorders present in elite athletes.
  • Understand relevant screening tools to evaluate mental health symptoms and disorders in elite athletes.
  • Understand how to create an environment in elite sport that fosters mental health care and mental wellness.

Teaching and learning are focused on evidenced-based approaches and practice contexts; assessments require students to integrate theory and practice where appropriate. Students will be required to conduct critical reviews and to synthesize information from a variety of sources..

  1. Key/transferable skills:

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Manage personal learning efficiently and effectively
  • Use IT effectively as a learning and communication tool
  • Develop and utilise qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Work confidently both as an individual and as part of a small team
  • Work independently and use available support strategically and effectively
  • Communicate effectively electronically and in writing
  • Communicate practical messages in a clear and unambiguous manner
  • Recognise the limitations to their scope of practice and respect professional boundaries.

Teaching and learning are organised in lectures, forums, written assignments, and targeted reading assignments. Analysis and discussion are encouraged. Electronic communication and personal reflection and analysis are requirements for assigned work. Homework will require students to make links between theory and practical applications.

Tutorial support

Discussion forum support will be available online throughout the program. Students will be expected to take advantage of these opportunities, but regular participation in them is not a requirement for completion of the program.

Supporting materials: reading lists and internet resources

In addition to the program materials provided in electronic format, students will be provided with a comprehensive program of directed reading. This will include original research papers and review articles as well as materials prepared specifically for this program. Key resources for the program will be available online to students. Full details will be provided on registration.

Students will also be directed to a number of internet resources that provide a wide range of sports mental health information and related relevant materials.

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