An Exploration of the Relationship Between Disordered Eating, Exercise Dependence, and Athletic Injury

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  • 1 Department of Psychology, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, Canada
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Athletes can be at elevated risk for developing eating disorders, the effects of which can be devastating. Few researchers have examined the influence of a predisposition toward an eating disorder on athletic injury. Exercise dependence might bridge the gap toward understanding this relationship. This study sought to examine the relationship between predisposition toward an eating disorder and exercise dependence and looked at both as predictors of athletic injury. College students (n = 132) completed the Eating Disorders Inventory and the Exercise Dependence Questionnaire, as well as provided demographic, activity, and injury information. Subscales of the Eating Disorders Inventory and Exercise Dependence Questionnaire were significant predictors of having at least one athletic injury in the preceding year. These findings suggest that both predisposition toward an eating disorder and exercise dependence may be contributing factors to injury.

Scherzer (cscherzer@mtroyal.ca) is corresponding author, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6382-4221

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