Despite the highly demanding and stressful environment in which coaches work in, very little is known about their mental health. From the limited information that does exist, we know there are three main stressors that can impact them – performance (e.g., injuries to their athletes, poor playing performance), organisational (e.g., job insecurity, conflicts between playing and other support staff), and personal (e.g., lack of social time, feelings of isolation) stressors (see HERE). Not managing these stressors can lead to common mental disorders (CMD) amongst coaches, in the form of poor sleep, anger towards those around them, or depression amongst other things (see HERE). What is poorly understood though is the number of coaches who experience CMD, which limits the ability of policy makers and mental health practitioners in creating solutions to overcoming poor mental health.
One method that has been shown to improve mental health, mostly amongst athletes, is psychological resilience. In general terms, psychological resilience refers to an individual’s ability to maintain or adapt their regular mental and emotional state during various challenges using facilitative behaviours (see HERE). Some research has highlighted the beneficial use of psychological resilience among elite coaches, although more information is needed in this space to understand its true impact.
That being the case, the authors of this study investigated the relationship between coaches’ mental health, the stressors they faced, and their use of psychological resilience.