Sport Psychiatry: Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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For professionals and others involved in sports who want to better understand the innermost lives of athletes and to treat the complex problems that can arise from competition, this book provides both invaluable guiding principles and treatment specifics.For mental health professionals, sports medicine specialists, physicians, coaches, and other sports enthusiasts, Sport Psychiatry: Theory and Practice provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the psychological challenges and pitfalls of being an athlete. From Little League to the Olympics, it tracks the lives of athletes: their biopsychosocial development, family issues, drug use and abuse, mental disorders, performance issues, and treatment for these problems.
These essays unfold basic ideas about the athlete's mind, body, and social roles. In the telling, they reveal the psychological process of becoming an athlete, the complex interactions of endocrine systems during training and competition, and the perils for the psyche of an athletic career. Such perils include some of the fundamental clinical phenomena of sport psychiatry: the variety of mental illnesses among athletes, the abuse of drugs (including performance-enhancing ones), the problems endemic to youth sports, and the common difficulties encountered by athletes in training and competition, such as choking and slump. In response to these challenges, Sport Psychiatry: Theory and Practice explains how the basic evaluation and treatment modalities of psychiatry, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, family therapy, and group therapy, are adapted to the athletic context in sport psychiatry.

Present a biopsychosocial matrix of the athlete; common men- tal health issues; drug abuse; therapeutic approaches.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the American Medical Association
The text is well written and easy to read. The authors include several vignettes to emphasize key points. The chapters are well referenced and comprehensive. Sport Psychiatry should serve as a useful guide for future investigators and professionals working with athletes.
Several doctors and psychologists have contributed essays which together provide a framework for understanding the psychological challenges of being an athlete, from little league to the Olympics, such as family issues, drug abuse, mental disorders, and performance issues. The book begins by evaluating the biopsychosocial development of an athlete, such as the mind-body relationship in training. Articles follow that discuss the common clinical issues faced by athletes, as well as the therapies that seem to work best for them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393702958
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/17/1999
  • Series: Professional Book Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Begel, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin; Fellow of the American Academy of Sports Physicians; and founder and immediate Past-President of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry.

Robert W. Burton, M.D. is President of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry; Director of the Chicago Institue for Sport Psychiatry; Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School; and Consultant to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Origins and Aims of Sport Psychiatry
I The Biopsychosocial Matrix
1 The Psychologic Development of the Athlete 1
2 The Psychobiology of Athletic Training 22
3 The Athlete's Role 45
II Clinical Issues
4 Mental Illness in Athletes 61
5 The Psychopathology of Everyday Athletic Life 82
6 The Dilemma of Youth Sports 93
7 Substance Abuse and Athletes 110
8 Athletes' Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs 142
III Therapeutics
9 The Sport Psychiatry Examination 159
10 Psychotherapy with the Performing Athlete 191
11 Family Systems-Based Treatment of the Athlete Family 206
12 Psychiatric Consultation to Athletic Teams 229
13 Psychopharmacology in Athletes 249
Index 261
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