Riley Nickols joins Signe Darpinian, LMFT on her podcast Therapy Rocks to discuss cultivating mental and physical health in athletes, body image in sport culture, “the need to be perfect” in athletes, and how to navigate that in a more balanced way.
RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) is a serious condition for athletes, especially runners, and often accompanies eating disorder behaviors and has long-term risks—osteoporosis, heart disease, muscle loss, reduced immunity, and depression.
Body image is often framed as a black-and-white issue: Either you feel good about your body, or you don’t. The reality, however, looks more like a spectrum, eating disorders specialist Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS says. Learn more in this article for Women’s Running Magazine.
Triathletes who place too much emphasis on body weight and weight loss can be at a greater risk for adverse sport performance and health implications. It’s an issue that is perhaps more widespread than triathletes realize.
The panelists provide practical recommendations for sport psychology practitioners providing care for athletes with eating disorders.
Strong Runner Chicks is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting female competitive runners in developing strong and healthy nutrition, mindset, body image, and self-care practices that allow them to both improve performance and enjoy healthy relationships, mental health and the joy of running.
Dr. Riley Nickols speaks with Strong Runner Chicks in this episode of their podcast about eating disorders and mental health topics.
Sport Psychology Websites
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Kroshus, E., Wagner, J., Wyrick, D., Athey, A., Bell, L., Benjamin, H. J., … & Watson, N. F. (2019). Wake up call for collegiate athlete sleep: narrative review and consensus recommendations from the NCAA Interassociation Task Force on Sleep and Wellness. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 53(12), 731-736.
Mountjoy, M., Sundgot-Borgen, J., Burke, L., Carter, S., Constantini, N., Lebrun, C., … & Ljungqvist, A. (2014). The IOC consensus statement: beyond the female athlete triad—relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(7), 491-497.
Mountjoy, M., Sundgot-Borgen, J. K., Burke, L. M., Ackerman, K. E., Blauwet, C., Constantini, N., … & Sherman, R. T. (2018). IOC consensus statement on relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S): 2018 update. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Castaldelli-Maia, J. M., e Gallinaro, J. G. D. M., Falcão, R. S., Gouttebarge, V., Hitchcock, M. E., Hainline, B., … & Stull, T. (2019). Mental health symptoms and disorders in elite athletes: a systematic review on cultural influencers and barriers to athletes seeking treatment. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 53(11), 707-721.
Hainline, B., Derman, W., Vernec, A., Budgett, R., Deie, M., Dvořák, J., … & Moseley, G. L. (2017). International Olympic Committee consensus statement on pain management in elite athletes. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(17), 1245-1258.
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