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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sheila Lahijani, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive collection of the most significant mental and physical health issues in sports psychiatry. Written with international expertise, this book carefully describes the field, focuses on the modern-day challenges that athletes face, and serves as a guide to different treatment approaches.
Purpose: The book covers a wide range of areas, including addiction, eating disorders, performance enhancement, concussions, affective disorders, and cultural and ethical factors, making it an essential tool for understanding the complexity of mental health problems within the realm of sports. It facilitates the overall goal of optimizing the care of athletes.
Audience: Any clinicians who care for athletes would benefit from reading this book because of the growing global need to understand the demands and health consequences of participating in sports. Furthermore, any mental healthcare providers who are interested in pursuing a role in sports psychiatry would acquire a tremendous foundation in this area by reading this book.
Features: The four main parts of the book cover mental health challenges faced by athletes; treatment approaches and therapeutic issues; psychosocial issues affecting athletes; and the field of sports psychiatry. Chapters throughout the book are similarly formatted with key points, graphs, case studies, references, and conclusions. Concepts and terms are well defined so readers can fully understand the topics. Given the authority of the writers and their international leadership, this book also features rich content related to gender, cultural, and ethical themes. The breadth and depth of the book goes beyond the introduction of contemporary topics, such as doping, to provide a descriptive guide to understanding symptoms, disorders, diagnostic tools, and psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches to caring for athletes. The emphasis on a team-based approach helps make the point that sports psychiatry is an expansive field that is important for the welfare of athletes around the world.
Assessment: While there are other books about sports psychiatry, this one provides a panorama of the field. It is unprecedented in its scope and organization. Because sports are universal, this book has particularly broad appeal given the diverse backgrounds of its contributors and its attention to cultural attributes.