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Routledge Handbook of Mental Health in Elite Sport

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ISBN 9780367567866
April 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
428 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Mental health is a rapidly increasing topic in the field of sport psychology. As the relevance of athletes’ mental health has come to prominence through emerging research, there is a high demand for evidence-based practice in order to promote athletes' mental health and prevent mental disorders as well as maladaptive syndromes. However, there is currently no comprehensive overview available that highlights the empirical evidence for the constructs of mental health, illustrating the latest developments in research, or that highlights implications for future science and practice.

The Routledge Handbook of Mental Health in Elite Sport delivers such an understanding and overview for this field, offering students, researchers, mental health professionals, applied sport psychologists, and coaches a state-of-the-art and insightful summary of science in the newly emerged field of clinical sport psychology and mental health in athletes.

This thorough volume covers major current and emerging topics on mental health and mental illness (e.g., depression), subclinical syndromes (e.g., burnout), as well as a comprehensive overview of research on prevention (e.g., green exercise) and treatment of mental health disorders in athletes and will be a vital resource for researchers, academics, and students in the fields of sport psychology, clinical psychology, sport coaching, sport sciences, health psychology, and physical activity and related disciplines.

Table of Contents

SECTION A Mental Health

Introduction to the Section

Tadhg MacIntyre

1 Mental Health in Athletes

Insa Nixdorf, Raphael Nixdorf, and Tadhg MacIntyre

2 Thriving in Elite Athletes

Lauren K. McHenry and Rebecca A. Zakrajsek

3 Meaning and Meaninglessness in Elite Sport

Jürgen Beckmann

4 Resilience and Mental Health in Competitive Sport: A Narrative Review of the Literature

Christopher Bryan, Jolan Kegelaers, and Mustafa Sarkar

5 The Social Network and the Coach

J.D. DeFreese and Christine M. Habeeb

SECTION B Mental Illness

Introduction to the Section

Scott B. Martin

6 Depression in Elite Athletes

Insa Nixdorf and Raphael Nixdorf

7 Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment of Disordered Eating and Body Dissatisfaction in Athletes

Cami A. Barnes, Keely N. Hayden, and Scott B. Martin

8 Addiction (Drugs and Gambling) Disorders in Athletes

Claudia L. Reardon and Ryan Benoy

9 The Role of Executive Functions in Elite Athletes’ Mental Health

Robert S. Vaughan, Jack Brimmell, and Bjoern Krenn

10 Personality Disorders in Elite Athletes

Christopher M. Bader and LaTisha L. Bader

11 Anxiety Disorders Among Elite Athletes

Courtney C.Walton, Simon Rice, Lisa Olive, Claudia L. Reardon, and Rosemary Purcell

SECTION C Subclinical and Related Challenges

Introduction to the Section

Insa Nixdorf and Raphael Nixdorf

12 Reducing Burnout in Athletes

Daniel J. Madigan, Henrik Gustafsson, and Luke F. Olsson

13 Depression, Athlete Burnout, and Overtraining: A Review of Similarities and Differences

Raphael Nixdorf, Daniel J. Madigan, Göran Kenttä, and Peter Hassmén

14 Concussion, in Athletes

Jingzhen Yang, Robyn Recker, and Lindsay Sullivan

15 Fear and Anxiety in Elite Sport

Felix Ehrlenspiel, V. Vanessa Wergin, and Jürgen Beckmann

16 Stress in Elite Sport

Jennifer A. Hobson, Martin J. Turner, and Marc V. Jones

17 Stigmatisation of Mental Illness and Seeking Sport Psychology Services

Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, Scott B. Martin, Shane R. Thomson, and Amelia Gulliver

18 Career Transitions in Sport

Robert Morris, Pete Coffee, Hee Jung Hong, Chris Hartley, and Nina Verma

19 Doping and Drug Misuse in Elite Sport

Claudia L. Reardon and Ryan Benoy

SECTION D Application and Care

Introduction to the Section

Jürgen Beckmann

20 Professional Considerations for the Clinician

Jack C. Watson II, Matthew Gonzalez, Brandonn Harris, and Valerie Wayda

21 Psychotherapeutic Applications in Elite Sport: Promoting Mental Health Among Athletes

Mark A. Stillman, Hudson Farmer, and Ira D. Glick

22 Recovery as the Centrepiece for Mental Health Promotion in Elite Athletes

Jahan Heidari and Michael Kellmann

23 Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, Alexander G. Bianco, Taylor B. Casey, Keely N. Hayden, and Scott B. Martin

24 Nature-Based Interventions in Elite Sport

Tadhg MacIntyre, Carina Nigg, Cassandra Murphy, and Violetta Oblinger-Peters

25 Young Athletes’ Mental Health and Well-Being

Rosemary Purcell, Courtney Campbell Walton, Alan Currie, and Simon Rice

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Insa Nixdorf is a professor of psychology at the International University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Raphael Nixdorf is a professor of health psychology at the International University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Jürgen Beckmann is a professor, Emeritus of Excellence, at Technical University of Munich, School of Medicine and Health, Munich, Germany; Honorary professor, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia; and Adjunct Professor Dept. of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Scott B. Martin is a professor of performance psychology and Director of the Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Exercise program at the University of North Texas, USA.

Tadhg MacIntyre is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University, Ireland.