Sports competition, from the student to the elite professional level, is a specialized world. Its players face singular challenges in overcoming the stress, anxiety, and fear of failure (and success) that characterize that environment. As the team psychiatrist for the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens since 1996, the author of Sports Psychiatry: Strategies for Life Balance and Peak Performance is uniquely aware of the knowledge and skills mental health practitioners require to work effectively with athletes as they strive to play better, heal better, and feel better. The book is grounded in evidence-based psychiatry, but is written in a style that will engage and inform not only mental health professionals, but also primary care and sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers, team owners and managers, interested laypeople -- and, of course -- athletes themselves. Absorbing narratives exemplify the themes and issues covered in each chapter, including how to recognize and conquer stress, how to prepare mentally for competition, how to manage pain, and how to tune out the myriad distractions of the athlete's life and focus on performance. The strategies that Dr. McDuff offers are down-to-earth, insightful, and informed by his many years of experience treating players at the highest level. Practical and compassionate, Sports Psychiatry: Strategies for Life Balance and Peak Performance will be of enormous help to readers inside and outside the sports arena.
Author: David R. McDuff
Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub
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