Being an athlete is not easy and challenges each individual on different levels. When struggling with an eating disorder as an athlete it can become very challenging, especially when coaches or athletic trainers don’t understand what you are going through or what may trigger you or your thoughts.
Sports Range From:
Others to consider that have HIGH correlation with EDs:
Coaches and Trainers:
When creating an environment focused on weight, appearance, and focusing so much on the “win” it can become difficult for individuals who may be struggling with eating disorders. This can build a toxic relationship within the sport they’re playing because they are wanting to be the best. If you as a coach or trainer are telling these athletes they need to weigh “this”, or you have to look a certain way, that can cause negative thoughts and feelings for someone in recovery.
Comments/Feelings They Take Home:
What can coaches look out for in players potentially struggling with eating disorders:
On the NEDA website, they provide incredible resources for coaches and a great tool kit for you to use as well when leading your team/your players! Check it out because it reviews both the risk AND protective factors when working with or looking out for people who have an ED which is vital.
Things to look/for potential red flags for the coach, family, or team:
How Do We Connect Providers and The Sports Industry:
As a coach if you don’t have a dietitian or therapist who is educated in eating disorders, at Sinnergy we have an amazing group of providers that are here to help! Check out our team:
Here is a great link to Riley Nickols, Ph.D., CEDS Eating Disorders in Athletes: