SSRP – Education Program - Module 11

Athlete Diversity-Equity-Inclusivity; Navigating Mental Health; and Abuse in Sport

Sunday March 12, 2023

This Module will be virtual only on the Zoom platform, and will be recorded for later viewing.
Presentations by Janey D’Arcy and Erin Willson may be viewed and downloaded with no time limit.
Presentation by Sheliza Jamal must be viewed within 14 days and will not be downloadable.

Please register below for either the Zoom session or the recording.



9:45 am – 10:00 am (ET)

 Brad Muir

Sign In and Outline of days activities

10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Sheliza Jamal (she/her/hers), Ed.M., PhD Candidate; Curated Leadership

Fundamentals of DEI at the intersections of gender, race, and ability
Critical terminology related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Examining forms of oppression and analyze identity, power, and privilege
Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the intersections of gender, race, and ability as they relate to sports and athletes

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

 Dr. Janet D’Arcy (she/her), FRCCSS(C)

Navigating Mental Health Issues in Athletes
Mental health in Canada and in Elite Athletes and the role of the Sports Chiropractor in their care

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 Erin Willson, MSc, PhD Candidate, Olympian, President AthletesCan

Athlete Abuse in Sport

Speaker Biographies and Topics Here

Recommended readings are below.

Resident Requirements Checklist:
Core Academic Curriculum Requirements # 5, Sports Rounds and Observation with a Specialist
Residents may count hours 6.0 hours toward option A.

Fellows/Resident Requirements:
Ontario: CCO requirements 6 hours of structured CE
Other jurisdictions – Please verify with your local chiropractic college for

Registration fees:

Fellow $110.00
Resident $95.00


Recommended Readings and Listenings:

Willson E, Kerr G. Body shaming as a form of emotional abuse in sport. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 2022 Sep 3;20(5):1452-70.

Kerr G, Willson E, Stirling A. “It Was the Worst Time in My Life”: The effects of emotionally abusive coaching on female Canadian national team athletes. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. 2020 Mar 17;28(1):81-9.

Kerr G, Willson E, Stirling A. Prevalence of maltreatment among current and former national team athletes. University of Toronto in Partnership with AthletesCAN. 2019 Apr 30.

Willson E, Kerr G, Stirling A, Buono S. Prevalence of maltreatment among Canadian National Team athletes. Journal of interpersonal violence. 2021 Sep 22:08862605211045096.

Willson E, Kerr G, Battaglia A, Stirling A. Listening to athletes' voices: national team athletes' perspectives on advancing safe sport in Canada. Frontiers in sports and active living. 2022;4.

Castaldelli-Maia JM, e Gallinaro JG, Falcão RS, Gouttebarge V, Hitchcock ME, Hainline B, Reardon CL, Stull T. Mental health symptoms and disorders in elite athletes: a systematic review on cultural influencers and barriers to athletes seeking treatment. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019 Jun 1;53(11):707-21.

Swartz L, Hunt X, Bantjes J, Hainline B, Reardon CL. Mental health symptoms and disorders in Paralympic athletes: a narrative review. British journal of sports medicine. 2019 Jun 1;53(12):737-40.

Denison E, Bevan N, Jeanes R. Reviewing evidence of LGBTQ+ discrimination and exclusion in sport. Sport Management Review. 2021 May 27;24(3):389-409.

Joseph J, Tajrobehkar B, Estrada G, Hamdonah Z. Racialized women in sport in Canada: a scoping review. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2022 Nov 12;19(12):868-80.

Adams DJ, Remick RA, Davis JC, Vazirian S, Khan KM. Exercise as medicine—the use of group medical visits to promote physical activity and treat chronic moderate depression: a preliminary 14-week pre–post study. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. 2015 Nov 1;1(1):e000036.

Skovlund CW, Mørch LS, Kessing LV, Lidegaard Ø. Association of hormonal contraception with depression. JAMA psychiatry. 2016 Nov 1;73(11):1154-62.

Pearce M, Garcia L, Abbas A, Strain T, Schuch FB, Golubic R, Kelly P, Khan S, Utukuri M, Laird Y, Mok A. Association between physical activity and risk of depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA psychiatry. 2022 Apr 13.

Lam RW, Levitt AJ, Levitan RD, Michalak EE, Cheung AH, Morehouse R, Ramasubbu R, Yatham LN, Tam EM. Efficacy of bright light treatment, fluoxetine, and the combination in patients with nonseasonal major depressive disorder: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA psychiatry. 2016 Jan 1;73(1):56-63.

Chang C, Putukian M, Aerni G, Diamond A, Hong G, Ingram Y, Reardon CL, Wolanin A. Mental health issues and psychological factors in athletes: detection, management, effect on performance and prevention: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement—Executive Summary. British journal of sports medicine. 2020 Feb 1;54(4):216-20.

Gouttebarge V, Bindra A, Blauwet C, Campriani N, Currie A, Engebretsen L, Hainline B, Kroshus E, McDuff D, Mountjoy M, Purcell R. International Olympic Committee (IOC) sport mental health assessment tool 1 (SMHAT-1) and sport mental health recognition tool 1 (SMHRT-1): towards better support of athletes’ mental health. British journal of sports medicine. 2021 Jan 1;55(1):30-7.


The Importance of Mental Health in Athletes with Two AMSSM Past Presidents EP #483 (BJSM)

Building your athlete mental health toolkit during COVID-19 with Olympian Dr Jane Thornton. #433 (BJSM)

Athletes’ mental health—a major issue. Dr Margo Mountjoy shares management tips. Episode #421 (BJSM)

Managing the mental pressures of elite sport with Olympic Champion Abhinav Bindra. Episode #403 (BJSM)

Sports medicine mental health podcast with Dr. Carla Edwards and Dr. Janice Harvey (CASEM)

Talk addresses mental health aspects of sport, covering a few topics including athlete harassment and bullying.

Article Links

Hockey Canada says over 900 cases of on-ice discrimination reported last season | CBC Sports

FINA's transgender athlete restrictions make waves in Canada | CBC Sports