Safeguarding the child athlete in sport

Last updated: 07 May 2019 Topics: Research Elite athletes

A review, a framework and recommendations for the IOC youth athlete development model

This article, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, looks at the review carried out into the threats to athlete welfare in elite sport. It offers recommendations to sports organisations on how to manage the risk of abuse. 

Authors: M Mountjoy, D J A Rhind, A Tiivas, M Leglise
Published: 2015


  • present a summary of the scientific literature on the threats to children in sport
  • introduce a framework to categorise these threats
  • identify research gaps in the field
  • provide safeguarding recommendations for sports organisations

Read the full research article on the British Medical Journal website.