The culture of hypermasculinity in sport has long discouraged men and boys from being open and vulnerable about their mental health.

Sport organizations, like the National Hockey League Players’ Association, have been taking steps toward addressing this issue by introducing programs aimed at supporting the mental health of players.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Michael Kehler and Gabriel Knott-Fayle from the University of Calgary write about the shift we are seeing as male athletes have begun to speak more openly about mental health and seek support for it.

But, as Kehler and Knott-Fayle explain, while progress is being made, there’s still hesitancy to name and confront issues such as sexual assault and homophobia. Still, the commitment to improving the inclusion, safety and well-being of athletes is evident, marking a step in the right direction.

They write: “We can reimagine sport to be inclusive, diverse and safe, to tap into the positive potential of sports. But it requires redefining what it means to care.”

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All the best.

Eleni Vlahiotis

Assistant Editor, Business + Economy

There are severe problems with the culture of masculinity in men’s sport — one that means men and boys must adapt rather than seek help. (Shutterstock)

Suffering in silence: Men’s and boys’ mental health are still overlooked in sport

Michael Kehler, University of Calgary; Gabriel Knott-Fayle, University of Calgary

We are witnessing an overdue shift towards normalizing male athletes seeking help and gradually speaking more openly and vulnerably about mental health.

Icebergs floating in the ocean near Svalbard, an Arctic island chain on the edge of Norway’s proposed exploitation zone. (Christopher Michel/Flickr)

Mining the depths: Norway’s deep-sea exploitation could put it in environmental and legal murky waters

Ashley Perl, University of Toronto

Norway has become the first nation on earth to allow deep-sea mineral exploration. But opening this industry could put Norway in murky legal waters.

A crowd marches on Dundas Street in Toronto in July 2013, along the streetcar line where Sammy Yatim, 18, was shot nine times and killed by Const. James Forcillo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

Sammy Yatim inquest: Speaking for the dead, or a Toronto police marketing campaign?

Monika Lemke, York University, Canada

What do coroner’s inquests do, what don’t they do, and why are they often dominated by police perspectives rather than the community’s or the victim’s?

The Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, in Dartmouth, N.S. The Nova Scotia Supreme Court recently ruled that the use of lockdowns to address staff shortages at provincial jails is unlawful. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Dembeck

Use of lockdowns in Canadian prisons could amount to torture

Jessica Evans, Toronto Metropolitan University; Linda Mussell, University of Canterbury

Lockdowns can have severe impacts on an inmate’s mental and physical health and well-being.

Artist reconstruction of Alienacanthus malkowskii, a 365-million-year-old placoderm fish from Poland and Morocco. (Beat Scheffold & Christian Klug)

A 365-million-year-old fish with an extreme underbite showcases vertebrate diversity

Melina Jobbins, University of Zurich; Christian Klug, University of Zurich; Martin Rücklin, Leiden University

What paleontologists had believed to be spiny fins turned out to be elongated jaws. New examination of fossils that were 365 million years old revealed a fish with a remarkable lower jaw.

La Conversation Canada

Une augmentation des cas d’infection causée par le streptocoque du groupe A a été observée dans plusieurs pays, dont le Canada. (Institut national des allergies et des maladies infectieuses (NIAID))

Hausse des cas d’infection invasive au streptocoque A : comment il se propage, et les symptômes à surveiller

John McCormick, Western University; Juan Manuel Diaz, Western University

L’augmentation du nombre de maladies graves causées par les streptocoques du groupe A est préoccupante. Voici pourquoi et comment elle se propage, et quels sont les symptômes à surveiller.

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