Supporting young athletes with anxiety

Last updated: 28 Jun 2022 Topics: Elite athletes Mental health and wellbeing Athlete wellbeing

This briefing paper on supporting young athletes with anxiety explores anxiety within a sports context, outlining possible signs and symptoms and what you should do if you suspect that a young person is struggling with an anxiety disorder.

The guidance examines some example scenarios where you might encounter a young athletes struggling with anxiety in your role within your sports organisation, and how to talk to young people about mental health. 

Author: NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit
Published: 2022

What's covered? 

  • introduction
  • anxiety in a sport environment
  • recognising anxiety in young people
  • responding to anxiety
  • signposting young people to further information and support
Download the briefing (PDF)