Elite sport is gradually waking up to widespread mental health issues | Sean Ingle

Administrators are arriving at a better understanding of the extent of anxiety and depression among top sportspeople and a finger is pointing at social media On Friday night the NBAs commissioner, Adam Silver, made a statement that was both shocking and profound: many of the leagues players, who have an average salary of $7m a year, were truly unhappy. He told the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: The outside world sees the fame, the money, all the trappings that go with it, and they say: How is it possible they even can be complaining? But a lot of these young men are genuinely unhappy. As he warmed to the theme of his players mental health, Silver told his audience that …