Mental Health in the Athlete

Modern Perspectives and Novel Challenges for the Sports Medicine Provider

  • Eugene Hong
  • Ashwin L. Rao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ashwin L. Rao, Eugene Hong
    Pages 1-10
  3. Ashwin L. Rao
    Pages 39-56
  4. Claudia L. Reardon
    Pages 57-67
  5. Jason M. Matuszak
    Pages 69-84
  6. Kyle Conley, Ashwin L. Rao
    Pages 85-93
  7. Jason R. Kilmer, Cassandra D. Pasquariello, Adrian J. Ferrera
    Pages 103-113
  8. Andrea Kussman, Aurelia Nattiv
    Pages 127-147
  9. Anthony P. Kontos, Raymond Pan, Kouros Emami
    Pages 149-163
  10. Aaron S. Jeckell, Elizabeth A. Copenhaver, Alex B. Diamond
    Pages 165-179
  11. Steven K. Poon, Laura E. Sudano
    Pages 181-189
  12. Michele LaBotz
    Pages 191-202
  13. Jessica Knapp, Ashwin L. Rao
    Pages 203-210
  14. Laura L. Giacometti, Lauren A. Buck, Ramesh Raghupathi
    Pages 211-222
  15. Vicki R. Nelson, Irfan M. Asif
    Pages 269-276
  16. Chad Asplund, Cindy J. Chang
    Pages 277-290
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 291-298

About this book


This unique book provides a practical framework for and coverage of a broad range of mental health concerns applicable to the care of athletes, including depression, suicide, mood disorders, substance abuse and risk-taking behaviors. To this end, it presents content relevant to the care of athletes, including doping and the use of performance-enhancing drugs, the mental health impact of concussion, bullying and hazing, the impact of social media and exercise addiction, among other pertinent topics. Current basic and translational research on behavioral health and the relationship of brain to behavior are  reviewed, and current treatment approaches, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological (including mindfulness training), are considered.

This practical resource targets the stigma of mental in athletes in order to overcome barriers to care by presenting a definitive perspective of current concepts in the mental health care of athletes, provided by experts in the field and targeting sports medicine providers, mental health providers and primary care physicians involved in the direct care of recreational and competitive athletes at all levels.


Addiction ADHD Concussion Depression Doping Eating disorder Exercise Female athlete triad Hazing Mental health Mindfulness Mood disorder Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) Psychiatric disorder Risk-taking behavior Sports injury Substance abuse Suicide

Editors and affiliations

  • Eugene Hong
    • 1
  • Ashwin L. Rao
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine and Department of OrthopaedicsMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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