Category: Athletics

Appreciating Body Functionality Over Appearance

Ladies Dancing in relation to views of the body For those struggling with an eating disorder, negative body image and body dissatisfaction are common. When working to improve negative body image or body dissatisfaction, eating disorder specialists often help individuals focus on appreciating their body functionality, or what it can do, versus how it looks. How appreciating body functionality over appearance helps improve body [...]
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Female Athletes and Body Image

Athlete Volleyball Female Players The culture of sports and athletics can be rewarding, but it doesn’t come without its risks. In a realm where physicality and the body are so integral to one’s performance, it isn’t surprising that athletes are susceptible to disordered thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to food, exercise, and the body. This can often lead to body [...]
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Athletes Coming to Terms with Their Body Shape & Weight

Athlete Volleyball Female Players Over the past two years, former UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi twice “broke the internet” with stunning floor routines and an infectious personality. But that’s not all. She’s brought more attention to a struggle many athletes face—negative body image. To hear that elite athletes struggle with body image may come as a surprise. Many people watch [...]
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Preventing Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Behaviors in Athletes

Female Athletes and Anorexia in swimmers Contributed by Staff at McCallum Place The world of professional sports can be high-stress and is often accompanied by intense pressure to overperform. Unfortunately, athletes can also feel pressure to meet certain standards related to weight which often leads to disordered eating behaviors in athletes. Certain sports, such as wrestling and boxing, have specific weight [...]
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Elite Athletes & Eating Disorder Recovery – 5 Tips for Teammates and Coaches

Female Athletes and Anorexia in swimmers For elite athletes with eating disorders, the demands of competition are often compounded by expectations to be thinner, faster, stronger, or just generally in peak physical form for their sport. A message is sent to many athletes that this idealized body and weight (often inaccurately viewed as essential to top performance) is to be achieved [...]
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5 Tips for Coaches to Identify Eating Disorders in Athletes

Female athlete on Balance Beam Struggling with an Eating Disorder Athletes are particularly vulnerable to developing an eating disorder. While participating in athletics can be a great way to build self-esteem and promote positive well-being, the immense pressure to compete and to win along with other risk factors can create an environment conducive to developing an eating disorder. It is important to help coaches identify [...]
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A Letter to Track and Cross-Country Runners

Female runner battling Athletes with eating disorders Amanda Schlitzer Tierney, MS, CSCS – Strength and Conditioning Coach at The Victory Program at McCallum Place Dear Track and Cross-Country Runners, To the competitors at the height of your career, retired recreational runners and the aspiring runners seeking mentorship, guidance, and inspiration…I see you, I hear you, and I am with you. Throughout the years [...]
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Female Athletes and Anorexia: When to Seek Help

Female Athletes and Anorexia in swimmers Contributed by Canopy Cove Female athletes are particularly vulnerable to developing an eating disorder more than females in the general population. While participating in athletics can be a great way to build self-esteem and promote positive wellbeing, the immense pressure to compete and to win can create an environment conducive for female athletes and anorexia [...]
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History of Olympic Athletes & Eating Disorders

Olympic Athletes in the Olympic Rings History of Olympic Athletes & Eating Disorders It is known that athletes are at an increased risk of developing an eating disorder more than the general population. While participating in athletics can be a great way to build self-esteem and promote positive wellbeing, the immense pressure to compete and to win can create an environment [...]
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