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Category : Claudia L. Reardon M.D.

Overtraining and Under Eating: Athletes at Risk of RED-S Syndrome

Regular exercise typically improves mood, promotes better sleep, and prevents health problems such as high blood pressure. However, if people exercise too much, as Katie Kirk did, they can experience a wide range of negative health effects. 

Athletes’ Superstitions and Rituals

Rituals and superstitions among athletes, and non-athletes, are very common and are typically harmless. In fact, they are at times helpful for athletes facing unpredictability in their sport and these rituals and superstitions can help them feel more in control. People may jokingly or offhandedly refer to these behaviors as OCD-like, referring to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, they are not the same as OCD, a potentially debilitating mental health disorder.

Advanced Care Planning – It’s Not Just for Your Grandparents

Many people have heard of the term “advanced care planning.” Advanced care planning is the process of making and documenting decisions about the medical care you want to receive if you ever become unable to make medical decisions for yourself. However, it is a common misbelief that advanced care planning is meant only for people who are nearing the end of their life. Medical crises happen every day, leaving people either temporarily or permanently unable to make their own medical decisions. The purpose of advanced care planning is to ensure that that you always have a voice in your own medical care, no matter what happens. Advanced care planning can also include your preferences regarding future mental health treatment. 

ADHD in Athletes: Tips for Parents and Coaches

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may exist in higher rates in some athlete populations than in the general population. There are probably a number of reasons for this, including that ADHD symptoms can actually be assets in certain sports, such as tennis or swimming.