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Returning Athletes to Sport. Introducing the Safe Exercise at Every Stage (SEES-A) Guideline: A Practical Guide to Prescribing Exercise for Athletes with an Eating Disorder

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About the Course:

Eating disorders (ED), as well as subclinical disordered eating and exercise, appear to be more prevalent in athlete populations when compared with the general population. In addition to this increased prevalence, athletes with an ED are also more likely to experience the syndrome of relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-S) which has been associated with chronic fatigue, bone resorption, and cardiovascular complications. While athletes engaged in treatment are often reluctant to abstain from physical training, continued dysfunctional exercise engagement may risk further health complications and poorer treatment outcomes. Owing to these unique concerns, strategies for the management of dysfunctional exercise in the general population may not be appropriate for athlete populations. We will work collaboratively with attendees to identify risks in supporting athletes return to sport, while integrating the latest research on the topic. We will then present Safe Exercise at Every Stage: Athletes (SEES-A) guideline, which resulted from a systematic review of the literature, focus groups, and feedback from international stakeholders (including clinicians, researchers and individuals with lived experience). This evidence-informed tool supports clinical decision making for the return to sport process during ED treatment and provides guidance for tailoring the level of exercise appropriate for individuals specific to their current level of physical and psychological well-being. In addition, we will address concerns specific to this population such as participation in mandatory weight requirements, team culture, and rigid training regimens. In this workshop, we will also demonstrate adjunct strategies from both a psychological and exercise physiology perspective to treat and manage dysfunctional exercise. Finally, participants will be provided with case studies to practice exercise prescription using SEES-A in small groups and the session will conclude with time for questions.

This course is based on the book, Returning Athletes to Sport. Introducing the Safe Exercise at Every Stage (SEES-A) Guideline: A Practical Guide to Prescribing Exercise for Athletes with an Eating Disorder created by Marita Cooper, PhD, Alanah Margaret Dobinson, and Danika Quesnel, MSc in 2020.

Publication Date:

Jul 2020

Course Material Authors

Marita Cooper, PhD
Alanah Margaret Dobinson
Danika Quesnel, MSc

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman

Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Course Objectives:

  1. Report on physiological and psychological risks specific to athletes with an eating disorder

  2. Discuss the development of a novel clinical tool (SEES-A) for helping athletes safely engage in returning to their sport during ED treatment and demonstrate the use of SEES-A for determining the safe progression for returning to sport.

  3. Demonstrate adjunct practical skills to address maladaptive exercise cognitions, promote healthy body image, and develop appropriate exercise prescriptions for case studies.

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