Promote a Healthy Attitude About Sport and Fitness

EDCare recently designed an infographic that I believe very well describes 12 signs that an athlete or fitness enthusiast is closer to injury and illness than health and wellness–many of which are associated with eating disorders. It also includes tips for parents and coaches on how to spot signs of obsessive exercise and unhealthy eating patters. Thus, I was glad to have them share it in this guest post. Please check out EDCares at http://eatingdisorder.care/index for more information and resources!
Young athletes may dream of becoming the next Serena Williams or Tom Brady, but most know that it’s just that — a dream. They come to realize that top athletes are a rare breed. Even so, they press on. They still want to see how far they can go with their own physical abilities and mental stamina.

It is not unusual for young athletes to set very high standards and lofty goals, and push themselves to the limit and beyond. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Parents and coaches often encourage athletes who are committed to a tough training regimen and a strict diet. But, they might fail to notice that the athlete is working out every day, even when injured or ill, or losing weight rapidly, or obsessive about his or her routine.
Compulsive exercise and eating disorders are complicated issues that often require the support of a mental health professional. However, coaches, trainers and parents can do their part to promote a healthy attitude about sport and fitness, and watch for signs that an athlete is struggling.

About Rachael

Rachael Steil is a graduate from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts. Steil an author, speaker, and a recipient of the Spirit and Outstanding Runner award for the Aquinas College cross country team and has received 6th place All-American accolades in cross country as well as 7th place in the NAIA track nationals.
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