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Sports medicine professionals are trained to be keenly aware of an athlete's physical state. But what of the athlete's emotional needs? Counseling in Sports Medicine identifies the special psychological needs of athletes and demonstrates the important role sports medicine professionals play in counseling.

The book will help you empower athletes to cope with many psychological issues, including the impact of injury, and will enable you to use appropriate psychosocial interventions. Build your interaction and communication skills while you learn to equip yourself to conduct effective assessment interviews.

Counseling in Sports Medicine offers
-counseling concepts and how and when to apply them;

-specific case studies, with an extensive glossary and chapter objectives that make the theoretical concepts tangible;

-practical recommendations on how to improve counseling skills;

-chapters on counseling athletes with specific problems such as substance abuse, eating disorders, stress and anxiety, and catastrophic injury and illness;

-examples of situations that warrant a referral to other health professionals; and

-documentation issues and ethical considerations.
Recognized sports medicine authority Richard Ray joins co-editor Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal and 20 contributors to offer wide-ranging practical applications drawn from years of hands-on experience and research in athletic training and sport psychology.

Helping athletes thrive isn't simply a matter of addressing their physical needs. This handy reference recognizes the importance of athletes' psychological needs and enables you to help them to a healthy outlook.

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Editorial Reviews

Identifies the special psychological needs of athletes and demonstrates the important role sports medicine professionals play in counseling. Explains counseling concepts and how and when to apply them, and gives practical recommendations on how to improve counseling skills. Discusses specific problems such as substance abuse, eating disorders, stress, and injury, and gives examples of situations that warrant referral to other health professionals. Also discusses documentation issues and ethical considerations. Includes case studies and questions, chapter objectives and summaries, and a glossary. The editors are affiliated with Hope College and the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880115278
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/21/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Ray, EdD is coordinator of the athletic training program and associate professor of kinesiology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has directed the school's sports medicine program since 1982 and is a recognized leader in the field of athletic training.

Counseling in Sports Medicine is the third Human Kinetics offering from Ray who also penned the popular texts Management Strategies in Athletic Training and Case Studies in Athletic Training Administration.

Beginning in 1999, Dr. Ray will serve as editor of Athletic Therapy Today, and he has served as associate editor of the Journal of Athletic Training. He was chair of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Education Task Force and is a member and past president of both the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association and the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS). In 1993, Ray was named to the Educational Advisory Board of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute.

Ray received an MA in physical education from Western Michigan University in 1980 and an EdD in educational leadership from WMU in 1990. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in both graduate programs and was honored as a Graduate Research and Creative Scholar by the school in 1990. In 1995, Ray received the Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the MATS.

Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal, PhD is an associate professor and director of Graduate Studies for the School of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal has taught and conducted research in sport psychology since 1989. Prior to that she was the head softball and volleyball coach at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, and head softball coach at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Her research on the psychological and sociological aspects of sport injury has been published in a variety of academic journals.

She is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP) and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 1993, she received the Dorothy V. Harris Young Scholar/Practitioner Award from the AAASP. Wiese-Bjornstal earned an MS in physical education from Springfield College in 1983 and a PhD in physical education from the University of Oregon in 1989.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction to the Counseling Role
Chapter 1. The Role of the Sports Medicine Professional in Counseling Athletes

Part II: Practical Aspects of Counseling for the Sports Medicine Professional
Chapter 2. Psychosocial Dimensions of Sport Injury
Chapter 3. Psychosocial Intervention Strategies in Sports Medicine
Chapter 4. Effective Interaction Skills for Sports Medicine Professionals
Chapter 5. Assessing Athletes Through Individual Interview
Chapter 6. Effective Group Health Education Counseling
Chapter 7. Using Family Systems Theory to Counsel the Injured Athlete
Chapter 8. Referral of Injured Athletes for Counseling and Psychotherapy
Chapter 9. Documentation in Counseling
Chapter 10. Ethical Perspectives in Counseling

Part III: Specific Counseling Issues in Athletic Health Care
Chapter 11. Counseling for Substance Abuse Problems
Chapter 12. Recognizing and Assisting Athletes with Eating Disorders
Chapter 13. Counseling Athletes With Nutritional Concerns
Chapter 14. Counseling for the Management of Stress and Anxiety
Chapter 15. Counseling for Improved Rehabilitation Adherence
Chapter 16. Counseling Athletes With Catastrophic Injury and Illness

References and Annotated Bibliography
About the Contributors
About the Editors

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