Sports Medicine: Psychological Aspects

  • Edwin G. Farrell


A mother called me one day, asking that I see her son for some motivational help. “He’s in cross country and is a good athlete,” she explained. “His father and I think he can be a great athlete, but we just can’t seem to get him motivated. We want you to help us to make him great.” Feeling that this boy might need some help with coping skills, I agreed to see him. The boy was a solid A and B student, not a trouble-maker, considered himself a good runner, but not great, wanted to do better, but somehow just “couldn’t get it all together” at race time. Practices were great. He was an only child whose father was in an academic field and had several books to his credit. The mother was also an academician, but had been working on her doctorate for the last 10 years. The parents were frequently away and, in fact, were planning a year-long trip abroad, during which the son would stay at home by himself. Obviously, the son was expected to measure up to the standards of the parents and to do it without ongoing support from the two people who meant the most to him. That is a heavy order for a 16-year-old.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Team Sport Competitive Sport Developmental Task Race Time 
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