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The Routledge Handbook of Mental Health in Elite Sports

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ISBN 9780367567866
April 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
472 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 athlete’s mental health and prevent mental disorders as well as maladaptive syndromes. However, there is currently no comprehensive overview available, which highlights the empirical evidence for the constructs of mental health, illustrating the latest developments in research, or which highlights implications for future science and practice.

The Routledge Handbook of Mental Health in Elite Sports 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.

The 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 is 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


Introduction to the Section


1. Mental Health in Athletes

2. Thriving in Athletes

3. Meaning and Meaninglessness in Elite Sport

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

5. The Social Network and the Coach



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6. Depression in Elite Athletes

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

8. Addiction (Drugs and Gambling) Disorders in Athletes

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

10. Personality Disorders in Elite Athletes

11. Anxiety Disorders Among Elite Athletes



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12. Reducing Burnout in Athletes

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

14. Concussion in Athletes

15. Fear and Anxiety in Elite Sport

16. Stress in Elite Sport

17. Stigmatization of Mental Illness and Seeking Sport Psychology Services

18. Career Transitions in Sport

19. Doping and Drug Misuse in Elite Sport



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20. Professional Considerations for the Clinician

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

22. Recovery as the Centerpiece for Mental Health Promotion in Elite Athletes

23. Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation in Elite Sport diff title

24. Nature Based Interventions in Elite Sport

25. Young Athletes’ Mental Health and Well-Being

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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.

Scott B. Martin is a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas, USA.

Tadhg MacIntyre is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University, Ireland.