Speaking about the research, Emma Burrows said "We know from research conducted both in Ireland and Internationally that the post-Olympic Games period can be a particularly challenging period for athletes Consequently, the Irish Institute of Sport has identified the need to provide elite athletes with greater individual and system support around post Games career transition and mental health. With the funding support of the Irish Research Council and Sport Ireland, this research project has involved developing and delivering an Olympic/Paralympic Games support programme for Irish athletes. The programme consists of three workshops and one 2.5 minute video and has been delivered to 187 members of the high performance community from a range of sports, such as athletics, boxing, para-swimming, para-athletics, para-cycling, and gymnastics, shooting, sailing, rowing and horse sport. Each time the programme is delivered we assess satisfaction, fidelity and what was learned. Our preliminary data indicates that athletes have found the programme very beneficial.
As part of the Irish Research Council’s RESEARCH & SPORT: A GREAT MATCH initiative, Emma was interviewed about the impact of research in sport
To support the workshop we also have a short video that deals with key aspects of the Olympic / Paralympic experience