Category: Athletics

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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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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Figure Skating and Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know

Woman Figure Skating Figure Skating and Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know With the Winter Olympics being held earlier this year, top figure skating athletes like Gabrielle Daleman and Adam Rippon have shared their experiences with disordered eating and poor body image. These stories have re-opened the dialogue about figure skating and eating disorders. In particular, it [...]
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Athletes & Anorexia: Why Being Lean Has Become An Obsession

athletes running on the bridge Many sports are judged on the body-type, weight, and performance of an athlete. Aesthetic sports may be more susceptible to eating disorders and when comparing self to others, behaviors can increase rigid eating, engagement in over-exercise programs, and over-commit to their sport which can lead to a diagnosable eating disorder. Stress and Pressure Anorexia is [...]
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How Cutting Weight For Sports May Foster Disordered Eating

Woman with arms up Athletes across the board are facing increasing competition on all levels, including high school, collegiate sports, professional athletics, and more. It is not uncommon for athletes to engage in specific training regimens in order to optimize their athletic performance. For the majority of athletes, this includes following a specialized diet and training protocol, usually advised [...]
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Teen Athletes & Anorexia: Concerns for Parents and Coaches

Teen female athlete struggling with anorexia Teen athletes who are dealing with anorexia nervosa face considerable challenges with their physical and mental well-being. Parents and coaches who are more involved with a teenage athlete can play an instrumental role in awareness and early interventions, particularly as many of the signs of an eating disorder can be easily overlooked or seen as [...]
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How Nutrition & Exercise Can Contribute to Positive Body Image

Woman Walking Along The Lake Contributor: Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Representative for Timberline Knolls and Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation “Eating disorders are not only about food and weight.” This is a truth repeated over and over by families battling eating disorders, as they try to help those who have never suffered to understand that the illness [...]
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