Coaching Association of Canada


Canadian Journal of Women in Coaching

Introduced in 2000, the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world.

Mental Health Powers Performance: Why Mental Health May Be Your Best Arsenal as a Coach

Long ignored by the world of sport, mental health as a significant performance factor has now entered public consciousness not least because high-profile Olympic athletes, including gymnast Simone Biles, swimmer Michael Phelps, tennis player Naomi Osaka, and alpine skier Lindsay Vonn, have chosen to reveal their debilitating struggles with depression and its effects upon performance.

Closer to home, Canadian high performers such as beach volleyball player Melissa Humena-Parades, trampoline specialist Rosie MacLennan, and pole vaulter Alysha Newman have spoken openly about their mental struggles, defying the stigma that has for so long kept such struggles a deep, dark, and shameful secret.

For coaches, understanding the impact, positive and negative, of mental health on your athletes’ performance is essential in today’s stressful and complex world. The three authors of the latest Journal article share their professional expertise and personal experience as they describe a series of comprehensive tactics and self-evaluation tools that “promote and protect well-being in training and competition environments …”

This powerful article is sure to guide coaches to the realization that “there is considerable power in mental health.” It is an essential read. - Sheila Robertson, Journal Editor

The views expressed in the articles of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching are those of the authors and do not reflect the policies of the Coaching Association of Canada.

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Journal Personnel


Coaching Association of Canada

Editorial Board


Dr. Diane Culver, University of Ottawa

Research Members

Andréa J. Woodburn, Laval University
Dr. Gretchen Kerr, University of Toronto
Dr. Cari Din, University of Calgary

Author and Editor

Sheila Robertson

CAC Staff Resource

Andrea Johnson, Project Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion

Ad Hoc

Dr. Dru Marshall, University of Calgary
Nancy Lee, Broadcast Sports Journalist and Producer
Rose Mercier, Maverick Consulting
Dr. Penny Werthner, University of Calgary

Coaching Representative

Sheilagh Croxon

Member at Large

Claire Carver Dias, Clearday Communications

Call for Abstracts

The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching welcomes submission of abstracts from both new and previously published authors for Journal publications.

Abstracts that address the topic of women in coaching, as well as other general thematic areas of interest pertaining to female coach development and education will be considered. All applications should include a 100-word description of the article and a CV of the author. 

Submission Guidelines

For more information, please contact Sheila Robertson, Editor.

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