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Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry


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Preface; 1. Football - alcohol and barriers to support Amit Mistry, Steve Peters, Robin Chatterjee and David Cotterill; 2. Rugby - concussion and mental health symptoms Tom McCabe, Catherine Lester, Simon Kemp and Rob Vickerman; 3. Tennis -trauma and tours Tim Rogers, Jo Larkin and Naomi Cavaday; 4. Cricket - mental health emergencies Hassan Mahmood, Phil Hopley and Patrick Foster; 5. Swimming - adolescent athlete training commitments Caz Nahman, Carolyn Plateau and Adrian Moorhouse; 6. Athletics - energy levels, exercise addiction and disordered eating Emily Dudgeon, Renee McGregor and Rebecca Robinson; 7. Boxing - low mood and gambling Allan Johnston, Marwan Al-Dawoud and Cyrus Pattinson; 8. Cycling - ADHD and anti-doping James Dove and Luke Rowe; 9. Golf - alcohol, anxiety and sleep problems Shane A. Creado, Phil Hopley, Andrew Murray and Marsha Hull; 10. American football - cognitive impairment Thomas McCabe, William Stewart, Mayur Pandya and Joe Kasper.

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The first, ever, sports psychiatry case-study book, blending athletes' experience with evidence-based, expert clinical guidance.

About the Author

Dr Amit D Mistry is dual trained in general adult and old age psychiatry based in north London and is chair elect of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' (RCPsych) Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG). He is an honorary clinical lecturer in Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) at the Queen Mary University of London. His published research is related to exercise, exercise addiction, eating disorders and wellbeing within the sport, leisure and fitness industry. He is an expert panel member for Mind charity's physical activity programme and is on the NHS clinical entrepreneurship programme. Amit is an ex-county rugby union player and represented Team GB at the International Rugby Tag Federation World Cup. Dr Thomas McCabe is a psychiatrist based in Glasgow. Following graduating from the University of Aberdeen, Dr McCabe initially trained in general practice before choosing psychiatry as a career and was shortlisted for Royal College of Psychiatry trainee of the year in 2017. Dr McCabe has published articles in various leading journals including the British Journal of Sports Medicine on mental health and sport. He is an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He has presented at national events on the topic and plays a central role in the Royal College of Psychiatrists' SEPSIG. Dr McCabe has psychiatric expertise in football, rugby, cricket and longer term cognitive outcomes in contact sport athletes. Professor Alan Currie is a consultant psychiatrist in Newcastle and a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland in the department of sport and exercise sciences. His research interests include recovery, social inclusion, mood disorders, movement disorders and sport and exercise psychiatry. He has published in all these areas and edited a highly commended handbook of sports psychiatry in 2016. He is founder and chair of SEPSIG of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP). He joined the International Olympic Committee mental health working group in 2018. In 2019, he was appointed to the Mental Health Expert Panel of the English Institute of Sport (EIS).


'A fascinating, accessible and much needed guide to this important and emerging sub-speciality. This book feels fresh, relevant and gives an in-depth understanding while providing the reader with the tools they need to really get to grips with the subject. This book is a trailblazer, and destined to become a definitive classic in the area. I hate sport and even I loved this book.' Dr Max Pemberton, Psychiatrist and Daily Mail Columnist
'An informative, enlightening and attention grabbing read in an emerging field where the evidence base is developing fast. The use of real-life scenarios developed from the lived experience of athletes brings the subject alive is educationally stimulating. We like to think that athletes are superhuman but they struggle and become ill like the rest of us. Fortunately effective, evidence-based treatments are available. The editors and contributors are at the forefront of this endeavour and have thankfully shared their knowledge and expertise in this book. The causes and presentation of mental illness in athletes brings unique challenges and treatments are often constrained by the complex environments inhabited by elite sports people. The reader is taken on a journey accompanied by the athlete and clinician and is led through examples of how mental illness presents and invited by means of probing questions to engage in the exploration of care and treatment. I thoroughly recommend this book to all those engaged with the mental health of athletes but to psychiatrists generally and to all those interested in sports science.' Dr Adrian James, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
'Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry has several unique features that make it an invaluable resource for those interested in the rapidly evolving field of athlete mental health. The comprehensive yet concise case studies provide practical insight into the presentation, assessment and management of common mental health problems across a variety of high-profile sports. Readers benefit from authorship by expert practitioners working at the athlete health front-line, with the detailed answers to the questions tabled at the end of each chapter demonstrating that effective mental health support requires an inter-disciplinary approach - making this a book for everyone involved in athlete care.' Dr Craig Ranson, Director of Athlete, English Institute of Sport
'Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry is a must read for those who care for the mental health of elite athletes. The authors make a substantial thought provoking contribution to the science of how psychiatric support can be provided to athletes who experience mental illness. Authors achieve this through comprehensive case reviews of athletes from various sports, levels of performance, ages, and genders. This book is the first of its kind with a focus on mental illness, and I have no doubt it will make an excellent contribution to psychiatry training, as well as trigger interest from colleagues in sports medicine, sport and exercise psychology, sport science and coaching. The book contributes to increasing knowledge of the dangers of mental health stigma in sport culture and will inevitably contribute to training sport psychiatrists, that in turn will improve the lives of our elite sports people.' Dr Gavin Breslin, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, School of Psychology, Ulster University, Northern Ireland and Chief Assessor for The Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology, British Psychological Society

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