Similar to most physical injuries, eating disorders require proper treatment, rest, and rehabilitation to facilitate healing before it is safe and appropriate to return to sport.  If an eating disorder is conceptualized as an injury, it can help to best inform treatment considerations (i.e., how and when to integrate training during treatment).  Additionally, it is important to recognize that an eating disorder is an injury so that expectations during treatment and upon return to training or sport can be discussed and modified if needed.

Read the entire article by Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS “Athletes and Eating Disorders: Redefining an Injury and Expanding Identity in Treatment” at

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