Wellbeing Science Institute

Australian Professional Cricket Investing in Wellbeing

Many professional sports have a desire to improve the wellbeing of athletes. However few are willing to make the investments that pay off for athletes – during and after – their athletic careers.

The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) decided to do things differently. They invited current professional players, and the people who take care of their wellbeing (Player Development Managers) to both participate in Australia’s first holistic athlete wellbeing management course. By completing the Course, both Players and PDMs got the opportunity to work together to learn valuable skills that can be applied in athlete’s lives. Because if both athletes and PDMs have the skills that enable better wellbeing outcomes – before problems arise – not only do they enjoy higher levels of wellbeing, they are able to pass on these skills to others, when they might need them.

Player and PDM feedback was conclusive – the Course made a real difference. Don’t just take our word for it, hear what they have to say in the video below.

In order to improve themselves, and others, on and away from the field, a number of current and past Cricket Australia players undertook a Certificate IV in Elite Athlete Wellbeing Management with the Wellbeing Science Institute.