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Volume: 16 Issue: 7
(July 2018)

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Is there a duty of care owed to elite athletes to protect their wellbeing or mental health?

Is there a duty of care owed to elite athletes to protect their wellbeing or mental health? From allegations of historic child sexual abuse in football, accusations of a culture of bullying in some sports and a continuing stream of elite athletes speaking out about the stress and mental health problems they have faced, the mental health or ‘wellbeing’ of elite athletes has been the subject of ever-increasing focus. In this article, Jeffrey Bacon, Barrister at Ely Place Chambers, asks despite the excitement of witnessing the surge of Team GB medals in recent Olympics, whether this has bred a ‘win at all costs’ approach with insufficient attention being paid to the risks to mental health, whilst assessing whether a duty if care is owed to elite athletes in this regard.

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