The healthcare professionals at McCallum Place understand the unique treatment needs of athletes who struggle with eating disorders. The Victory Program at McCallum Place focuses solely on the importance of sport in the lives of serious athletes while addressing the eating disorders that have disrupted their day-to-day routines.
The treatment team includes a sports psychologist, a sports dietitian, a psychiatrist, and a strength and conditioning coach. The Victory Program is designed for competitive athletes of all genders who strive to be elite but are struggling with eating disorders.
The Victory Program at McCallum Place Treatment Services
- Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
- 24-hour medical monitoring
- Nutritional evaluation, counseling and individualized meal plan development
- Individual, group and family psychotherapy
- Nutritional outings to grocery stores and restaurants
- Meal support at each snack, lunch and dinner
- Art therapy, restorative yoga and meditation, pet therapy
- Family programming
- Fitness sessions and groups
- Residential Treatment for adults and adolescents of all genders
- Extended Partial Hospitalization Program (10 Hours daily)
- Traditional Partial Hospitalization Program (6 hours daily)
- Separate programming for adults and adolescents
- Adult intensive outpatient program (3-6 days/week)
- Adolescent intensive outpatient program (3-6 days/week)
- Transitional housing for those in recovery step-down
The Victory Program at McCallum Place Treatment Goals
The Victory Program strives to help athletes build the confidence and skills necessary to let go of their patterns of restrictive eating, purging, bingeing, compulsive exercise, and other compensatory behaviors.
Our goal is to empower each athlete to act from a state of mindfulness, which can change how they use food and body image to express underlying emotional concerns. Our individual psychotherapy sessions allow for in-depth exploration of the topics unique to sport, while groups help our athletes integrate newly acquired skills. We also encourage our athletes to practice flexible eating prior to discharge.
When possible, we recommend a gradual, flexible step-down program to ease the transition back to sport. We give athletes who are struggling with eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, the power to manage the fears associated with new meal expectations and changes in body size.
Risk Factors for Athletes & Eating Disorders
Why are many athletes at increased risk for developing eating disorders?
Athletes have the same risk factors for developing these disorders as non-athletes, (societal pressures, family history, perfectionism, etc.). In addition, athletes have physical and energy demands related to significant expenditure and training.
They also have risk factors that are related to aspects of the sport environment or that may be unique to a particular sport.
The Victory Program is designed for competitive male and female athletes with eating disorders.
Why Eating Disorders in Athletes Require Specialized Treatment
Athletes have physical and energy demands related to significant expenditure and training. They also have risk factors that are related to aspects of the sport environment or that may be unique to a particular sport.
These and other factors differentiate eating disorders in athletes and make it necessary for athletes to have specialized eating disorder treatment.
Other factors leading to and influencing the development, severity, and treatment of eating disorders in athletes include:
Psychological Concerns of Eating Disorders in Athletes
- Recovery without treatment is unlikely.
- Without treatment, the athlete can become isolated.
- Over time, the athlete will deteriorate physically and psychologically.
- Performance is usually negatively affected as the eating disorder progresses.
- Poor performance increases pressure on the athlete.
- The disorder is apt to be the athlete’s way of dealing with pressure.
- An increase in pressure on the athlete increases the need for the disorder.
Medical Concerns of Eating Disorders in Athletes
- Medical complications are common and potentially life-threatening among athletes who have eating disorders.
- Many athletes who have eating disorders have fluid, electrolyte, and energy imbalances, increasing the risk for cardiovascular compromise while competing.
- Postponing treatment can lead to worse outcomes.
- Malnutrition has a significant impact on thinking, affecting concentration, judgment, and the ability to see things in context.
- Malnutrition can lead to brittle bones and metabolic compromise as well as increased risk for musculoskeletal injury.
- A compulsion to exercise may make stabilization difficult without structure and support.
The Victory Program at McCallum Place Treatment Staff
The Victory Program at McCallum Place is comprised of a specialized eating disorder treatment staff to meet the unique needs of our athlete population. Our staff of experts consists of a sports psychologist, a sports dietitian, a psychiatrist, and a strength and conditioning coach.
To minimize costs, the Victory Program at McCallum Place accepts most insurance plans for eating disorder treatment.
The Victory Program at McCallum Place
Residential, Transitional Living, PHP, IOP
Patient Types Served:
Adults / Adolescents
Group Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Support Groups, Yoga, Psychodrama, Art Journaling