Center for Change understands the unique concerns and needs of those intensely involved in exercise, athletes, and elite athletes. We work closely with coaches and trainers in helping athletes with eating disorders to ensure comprehensive care and renewed energy for return to sport. Holistic exercise is an integral component of the Center’s approach in helping eating disorders in athletes, and focuses on developing intuitive awareness while healing one’s relationship with self, others, and sport.
How do I know if I am an unbalanced exerciser?
- Do I exercise at inappropriate times or settings?
- Does exercise negatively impact my relationships?
- Do I exercise despite illness or injury?
- Does exercise negatively impact my psychological or physical health?
- Does exercise interfere with everyday activities, such as work or school?
- Do I exercise in order to create an energy deficit despite normal or low weight?
Consequences of Unbalanced Exercise
- Decreased bone density (Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, depending on severity)
- Stress Fractures: Overuse injury that occurs when muscles are fatigued & unable to absorb added shock, which then transfer overloaded stress to the bone, resulting in a crack
- Hormonal Changes: Loss of menstrual period for females, low testosterone level for males
- Recurrent injuries (Soft tissue strains)
- Decreased immunity (Intense exercise for extended periods of time)
- Overtraining Syndrome or Staleness (fail to make expected training gains)
- Female Athlete Triad: Low energy availability, menstrual irregularities, & bone loss
- Dehydration, Heat Stroke, Hyponatremia
- Potentially lethal cardiac events (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome, Prolonged QT Interval)
- Added stress when responsibilities & relationships are sacrificed for exercise
- Depression, Anxiety, Irritability when exercise is sole coping behavior
- Rationalize exercise for “health” when actually putting health at greater risk
- Isolation or Withdrawal due to exercise compulsion
- Depression due to Overtraining Syndrome
- Exercise to compensate for or legitimize eating
- Exercise to maintain negative energy balance (despite hunger, intentionally eat less if unable to exercise)
To read the article Athletes & Eating Concerns written by one of the Center’s psychologists, click here.
To consult with one of our clinicians who specialize in eating disorders and athletes, please call Center for Change at 888.224.8250.