Athlete Wellbeing, the new Sportradar initiative to reduce the impact of sports betting on the mental health of athletes


   Jim Brown and Keith S. Whyte

 Sportradar Integrity Services, a unit of Sportradar today announced the launch of Athlete Wellbeing, a global program developed for leagues and federations, teams, and collegiate governing bodies to help support athletes’ and reduce the potential impact of sports betting on their mental health.
As Sportradar explains, the program will focus on prevention and education through a comprehensive curriculum including on-demand virtual sessions, pre-recorded webinars and in-person workshops.

To achieve the stated objectives, Sportradar has partnered with important organizations and recently renewed its membership in the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), one of the strong institutional supports of the International Workshop for Responsible Gaming led by one of its speakers, Keith S. Whyte.

The company has also established partnerships with Kindbridge Behavioral Health, a mental health treatment provider focused on gambling and gaming disorders; Dr. Timothy Fong, the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program; and Brianne Doura-Schawohl, a recognized expert in harm prevention and responsible gambling.

Jim Brown, Head of Integrity Services and Athlete Wellbeing, North America, Sportradar said: “We believe that Sportradar has an important role in the greater sports ecosystem and a responsibility in helping our partners educate their athletes about the potential impact of sports betting and problem gambling on their mental health.”

On the other hand, Keith S. Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling said: “We applaud Sportradar for creating their Athlete Wellbeing program to help protect athletes’ mental health, and we strongly support these efforts. As legalized sports betting expands across the country it is more important than ever to ensure gambling addiction prevention and education programs are in place for every league, sport, club, team and school.”
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