As one of the AASP Eating Disorder Special Interest Group Coordinators Riley Nickols contributed to this commentary concerning how coaches treat athletes in their pursuit of peak performance.
Unfortunately, many coaches, administrators, and training systems are the product of misinformed, outdated, and dangerous training practices. Many operate outside the parameters established by entities such as Safe Sport, American Academy of Pediatrics, and OSHA. As such, there exists the presumption from some coaches and administrators, that if they survived harsh language and grueling training strategies in their childhood, today’s athletes will survive as well. This type of thinking is misguided and ultimately harmful to athletes. Yet this message remains pervasive and especially so in elite sports.
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