If you are interested in having Rachael Steil speak about the book, the story, and its broader eating disorder context at your event, sports team, or school, please contact her for rates and availability at email@example.com. Rachael also speaks to local book clubs.
- Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating in athletics/running
- Signs, Causes & Prevention
- Breaking Misconceptions & Stigma
- Physical & Emotional Consequences
- My story & Recovery Journey
- Support & Coaching
- Perfectionism, Identity, Tackling Fear, Speaking Up
- For Coaches: Why I Kept Quiet About My Eating Disorder, and Why Coaches Shouldn’t
As cross country coaches, we are generally aware of the possibility our athletes may have an eating disorder; but beyond the obvious anorexic runner, what are the more subtle clues of the illness? How do athletes mask these eating disorders to avoid scrutiny? What are our responsibilities as coaches to talk about eating disorders with our teams? If so, when and how should these talks take place? What makes eating disorders different for runners than the general population? How many runners are affected? Is this just a female runner issue? What is the best way for you as a coach to approach an athlete who might be struggling with an eating disorder?
As an NAIA All-American collegiate runner, current high school cross country coach, author of the self-help memoir Running in Silence, and someone who has recovered from a debilitating eating disorder, Rachael Steil answers these questions and more by sharing her own struggle, and by offering tips, advice, and suggestions based on how she has approached, discussed, and coached her own cross country athletes. After this session, you will more confidently address and manage this important health issue with your athletes so that no one has to continue Running in Silence.