Helping Athletes with Eating Disorders

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Reviewer: Amy Luke, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This book describes eating disorders as they occur in the general population and as manifested in athletes. It provides guidelines for the recognition, management, and prevention of eating disorders within this specific population.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide practical recommendations for sports staff and medical personnel in the athletic management of a population predisposed to eating disorders.
Audience: The primary audience is listed as sports medicine physicians, but it is written at a level more appropriate for nonmedical personnel, such as coaches, trainers, and sports nutritionists. It is written for those working with the athlete at the level of sports training, and it is too nonspecific for those involved with the treatment of the athlete with an eating disorder.
Features: This book is outwardly attractive and contains black and-white illustrations included for decorative flourishes only; they are not integral to the text. In contrast, the excellent reference list is relevant, comprehensive, and current. The book is organized in a clear and logical manner, and the table of contents and index allow rapid location of specific topics. The book contains two valuable appendixes; one lists additional reading resources and the other lists relevant medical resources andsupport gro ups.
Assessment: Although the authors focus on eating disorders within a very select population, they support this approach with a well-referenced book. This is a clearly written guide to educate individuals working with athletes about the identification, day-to-day athletic management, and prevention of eating disorders. Its greatest value will be to those unfamiliar with the manifestations of eating disorders in athletes, not to medical and psychological personnel involved in treatment.
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Psychologists who direct an eating-disorder program tell how athletes, because of their concern with their size, shape, and weight, may be at greater than average risk for such disorders as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. They suggest to coaches how to recognize and deal with such conditions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873223836
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Eating Disorders: The Clinical Condition 1
Demographic Issues 2
Anorexia Nervosa 3
Bulimia Nervosa 10
Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS) 18
Ch. 2 The Impact of Sport 21
Prevalence 21
Sport and Eating Disorders 25
Ideal Body Weight 32
Body Fat and Performance 33
Special Diagnostic Issues 38
Conclusion 42
Ch. 3 Specific Sports and Eating Disorders 45
Male Athletes 45
Female Athletes 53
Ch. 4 Athletes With Eating Disorders 67
Athletes With Anorexia Nervosa 68
Effects of Anorexia Nervosa on Sport Performance 79
Athletes With Bulimia Nervosa 83
Effects of Bulimia Nervosa on Sport Performance 93
Eating Disorder NOS and Other Eating Disturbances 94
Conclusion 96
Ch. 5 Managing Athletes With Eating Disorders: Treatment-Related Issues 97
Approach and Referral 98
Refusal of Treatment 104
Treatment Issues 109
Complicating Factors 114
Assuring Confidentiality 117
Conclusion 120
Ch. 6 Managing Athletes With Eating Disorders: Sport Issues 123
Training and Competition 124
Eating and Weight Issues 135
Medication Issues 140
Special Sport Issues 143
Conclusion 146
Ch. 7 Education and Prevention 147
Educating the Athlete 148
Preventing Eating Disorders 157
Providing Education and Treatment: A Model 166
Conclusion 169
Epilogue 171
Appendix A: Recommended Reading and Resource Materials 173
Appendix B: Eating Disorders Resources 175
References 177
Index 187
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