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A systematic review of the prevalence of mental health symptoms and disorders in rugby players

A systematic review of the prevalence of mental health symptoms and disorders in rugby players

Moghadam, Shakiba and Gorczynski, Paul ORCID: 0000-0001-8876-8935 (2022) A systematic review of the prevalence of mental health symptoms and disorders in rugby players. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. ISSN 1932-9261 (Print), 1932-927X (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2021-0027)

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Abstract

The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the prevalence of mental health symptoms and disorders in rugby players. Six electronic databases were searched in December 2020. Studies were included if they provided quantitative data on mental health symptoms and disorders and consisted of adult rugby players. Eight studies were included, covering symptoms of anxiety, depression, alcohol use/misuse, distress, sleeping/sleep disturbance and eating disorders/adverse nutrition behaviours. Prevalence of mental health symptoms ranged from 6% (depression) to 68.8% (alcohol use/misuse). Most rates were similar to the general population, whilst symptoms of sleeping/sleep disturbance were lower, and symptoms of eating disorders/adverse nutrition behaviours and alcohol use/misuse were higher than the general population. One study included female rugby players. Epidemiological evidence comprising of rigorous diagnostic data and inclusive of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and other protected characteristics is needed to inform future mental health support in this population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: systematic review; rugby; mental health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 11:32
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/35871

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