Disordered Eating and Athleticism
Athletes at the top of their game are typically in peak physical condition – or are they? Disciplined training regimens, professional support for nutrition and performance coaching all give a developing athlete the tools they need to be healthy, compete well and achieve goals for themselves and their sport. But recent suicides in the NHL and NFL, along with an increasing number of high-profile athletes like Clara Hughes and Amanda Beard disclosing struggles with mental health issues, prompted the Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna Branch to raise questions about risk and protective factors for developing athletes in our community.
Dr. Manley has been a registered Psychologist since 1983. He worked in the field of eating disorders for over twenty-eight years at B.C. Children’s Hospital, which included eleven years as Clinical Director of the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for Children & Adolescents. He is a registered weight training instructor, personal trainer and yoga fitness instructor. A recent publication of his is the co-authored paper “Fitness Instructors’ Recognition of Eating Disorders and Attendant Ethical/Liability Issues”.
The CMHA Kelowna Branch is a charity that promotes the mental health of all through community-based programs and services, public education, advocacy and research. It is part of a network of more than 10,000 CMHA volunteers and staff in over 135 communities across Canada.
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