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Sexual harassment and abuse in sport: the role of the team doctor
  1. Saul Marks1,
  2. Margo Mountjoy2,
  3. Madalyn Marcus3
  1. 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  2. 2University of Guelph, Health and Performance Centre, Guelph, Canada
  3. 3Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Saul Marks, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto M2K1E1, Canada; smarks{at}


Sexual harassment and abuse occur in all sports and at all levels with an increased risk at the elite level. The physical and psychological consequences of sexual harassment and abuse are significant for the athlete, their team and for the health and integrity of sport in general. The sports medicine health professional has an integral role to play in the prevention of sexual harassment and abuse in sport. This paper provides sport healthcare professionals with a practical guide on prevention strategies and advice on the recognition and management of suspected abuse.

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  • Funding The North York General Hospital Foundation supported assistance for the writing of the current paper.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed

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