The Australian Olympic Committee is set to send more psychologists to the Rio Olympics to meet athletesâ€™ increasing demand for mental support.
It comes after sporting stars, including champion swimmers Leisel Jones and Ian Thorpe, spoke out about the mental anguish they endured in pursuit of winning a gold medal.
Aware of the growing issue, the AOC and its Athletesâ€™ Commission have shifted their focus to â€œculture and leadershipâ€ and the psychological welfare of athletes in the build-up to the 2016 Games.
Ruth Anderson was head psychologist for Australiaâ€™s Olympic team in Beijing and London, and last year experienced a huge demand for her services. Anderson said yesterday the nationâ€™s sporting bodies must provide more mental health support to their athletes because if they did not, it would â€œlimitâ€ the Olympiansâ€™ performance at Rio.