Do College Athletes Suffer from OCD?

Do college athletes suffer from OCD? By Jason von Stietz originally from www.cbtsocal.com Although the stigma surrounding mental health is subsiding, it is still commonly believed that elite athletes must be as mentally healthy as they are physically fit. However, just as it would be ridiculous to assume that an athlete was incapable of breaking […]

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What Coaches and Athletic Trainers Can Do About Student-Athlete Mental Health

What Coaches and Athletic Trainers Can Do About Student-Athlete Mental Health By Jason von Stietz, PhD originally from www.cbtsocal.com Why mental health matters: Mental health is not separate from physical health. Medical problems can often lead to mental health issues. Mental health issues, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, can result in medical problems. […]

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What Is Perfectionism?

What Is Perfectionism? Feeling driven to work hard and do your best are positive characteristics that many athletes share. It’s normal and admirable to have a strong work ethic, and to succeed, athletes need to have a desire to improve. However, there’s a thin line between striving to be your best and striving for perfection. […]

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What coaches and athletic trainers should know about eating disorders among student-athletes

What Coaches and Athletic Trainers Should Know About Eating Disorders Among Student-Athletes By Jason von Stietz, PhD (originally from www.cbtsocal.com) Generally, participation in sport has many benefits such as learning teamwork, discipline, decision-making, and improved physical health. However, student-athletes are still at risk of developing disordered eating habits. Males and females are at risk: A […]

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What Coaches and Athletic Trainers Should Know About OCD

What Coaches and Athletic Trainers Should Know About OCD   By Jason von Stietz, PhD (originally from www.cbtsocal.com)   Most athletes experience anxiety in some form. Often it is helpful in motivating them to consistently train hard in hopes of performing their best. However, when anxiety impedes their daily functioning and impairs their ability to […]

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How To Support Your Athlete

How To Support Your Athlete By Sarah Farris, LCPC What Parents Should Know About Anxiety Anxiety can present in a number of ways. Common characteristics include continuous worry, uncomfortable physical sensations, or trouble sleeping, concentrating, or tending to daily tasks. When anxiety is difficult to manage, some may seek relief by avoiding feared situations, asking […]

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Nine Ways to Start An Open Conversation about Mental Health: Checking in on a Teammate

Nine Ways to Start An Open Conversation about Mental Health: Checking in on a Teammate Published on Galea Health as a brochure Timing is important. Find a quiet, comfortable setting and give your undivided attention during the conversation. You don’t have to be an expert on mental health. Starting the conversation takes compassion, not a […]

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Athletes and Mental Health: Misconceptions and Stigma

Athletes & Mental Health: Misconceptions and Stigma by Sarah Farris, LCPC   There are many misconceptions about athletes. It may appear that dedicating significant time to a sport makes one less prone to anxieties, but athletes can experience challenges with worry, motivation, performance anxiety, and perfectionism. Demands to perform technical skills consistently and accurately in […]

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OCD Does NOT Improve Athletic Performance

How My Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Tried To Steal My Passion for Endurance Athletics by Katie O’Dunne Worries — that is what my family called the thoughts in my head. In elementary school, I worried that if I didn’t touch objects in a particular order or offer complete honesty, catastrophe would ensue. I confessed the tiniest […]

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