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Category: Mental Health

The Power of Optimism

By Matt Long, M.A., M.Ed.
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You know you are in deep trouble; so you face the brutal facts of the challenge you’re facing. But at the same time you feel deeply that you will prevail. This quote comes from James Stockdale, a…

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Burnout or Depression? Understanding the Unique Mental Health Needs of Athletes

By Marina Galante
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Athletes as a Special Population Mental illness affects approximately 61.5 million Americans each year; despite this, mental health continues to carry negative stigma that interferes with proper…

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Body Image and Physical Activity

By Christy Greenleaf
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What is Body Image? Body image refers to the thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you have about your body appearance and shape. How Does Body Image Influence Physical Activity? How you feel…

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When Building Muscle Turns into Muscle Dysmorphia

By Jennifer J. Waldron
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In today’s world, action figures, men’s magazines, television shows, and movies often portray the ideal body for men. The ideal body for men is “V-shaped” with muscular arms, a broad chest,…

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Stress Management Tips for Good Health

By Aaron Moffett
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Following simple stress management tips can improve your health. Stress has been related to health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, ulcers, migraines, and sleeping problems or disorders.…

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Disordered Eating and the Controlling Aspects of Aesthetic Sports

By Eva V. Monsma
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Although there are several benefits to sport participation, achievement and performance pressures can be highly stressful especially in aesthetic activities such as gymnastics, diving, cheerleading…

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Signs of Body Image Disturbance, Disordered Eating, and Eating Disorders in Physically Active Adolescents

By Nick Galli
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Major Point: Seemingly healthy behaviors such as careful monitoring of food intake and regular exercise may actually be signs of body image disturbance, disordered eating, or an eating disorder in…

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Disordered Eating in Athletes: Understanding the Basics and What We Can Do About It

By Dana K. Voelker
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Disordered eating encompasses a wide range of problematic eating attitudes, behaviors and body image distortions that adversely impact physical and psychological health. Unfortunately, student-…

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