Sportradar launches Athlete Wellbeing to address gambling addiction and mental health

Sportradar Integrity Services has announced the launch of Athlete Wellbeing, a new program intended to combat the negative impact of sports betting on mental health.

Athlete wellbeing, which has been developed for sports leagues, teams, federations and collegiate governing bodies, will focus on prevention and education in the form of on-demand virtual sessions, webinars and in-person workshops.

The sports technology and data firm has partnered with a number of sports betting addiction and athlete mental health organizations, including Kindbridge Behavioral Health, which focuses on gambling and gaming disorders.

Sportradar has also partnered with Dr Timothy Fong, the co-director of University College London’s (UCLA) gambling studies programme, as well as Brianne Doura-Schawohl, an expert in harm prevention and responsible gambling.

Recently, Sportradar extended its membership with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), a US organization committed to preventing gambling addiction.

The NCPG will advise the sports data technology firm on the development of its Athlete Wellbeing programme.

“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,” said Jim Brown, head of integrity services and Athlete Wellbeing in North America at Sportradar.

“As the global leader in providing integrity services, the launch of this program is a natural step in continuing to protect the integrity of sport for all.”

Keith S Whyte, executive director at the NCPG, added: “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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