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Guest Blog: Athletics And Mental Health: When Sport Triggers Unhealthy Behaviours

About the author: Kim Travis is EDCare’s Director of Marketing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organisational Leadership from CSU and a seasoned marketing professional with over 25 years of healthcare experience in marketing and operations. Before EDCare, Kim spent several years implementing, growing and managing marketing programmes in healthcare businesses specific to infusion therapy, dialysis treatment, and radiology.

Many athletes push themselves to be their very best, exploring their physical and mental limits along the way so they can achieve their optimal performance level. But what happens when an athlete goes too far?

The benefits of exercise are well established. But athletes who become obsessive about exercise can develop significant and persistent health problems that manifest themselves physically, emotionally, and behaviourally. In addition, athletes who push themselves beyond their limits often develop unhealthy eating patterns. It’s important for coaches and trainers to be aware of the early warning signs so they intervene when an athlete is engaging in harmful behaviours.

Regardless of the age group, it’s important for coaches to educate their athletes on how to strive to perform at their best without sacrificing their health. The following tips can help you identify and address unhealthy behaviours and establish a healthy attitude about sport and fitness.

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Kim Travis, Director of Marketing, EDCare

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