Management of the Athlete with an Eating Disorder: Implications for the Sport Management Team

in The Sport Psychologist
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While college women in general are at risk for anorexia nervosa and bulimia, these disorders may present more of a problem for the student-athlete due to her weight/body consciousness and the pressure associated with athletic competition at the college or university level. This paper discusses the physical and psychological characteristics of each disorder, their etiology, and how each affects the life and performance of the athlete. Recommendations are offered regarding the role of the sport management team (i.e., sport psychologist, team physician, coach, athletic trainer, exercise physiologist) in assisting the eating-disordered athlete.

Ron A. Thompson is with the Bloomington Center for Counseling and Human Development, 316 B State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401.

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