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  • What is Sports Psychiatry?

     Sports psychiatry focuses on the medical treatment of mental health disorders in athletes to alleviate symptoms and maximize your on and off field performance.

     Sport psychiatry can treat people of all ages, sports type, and athletic level. From children to professional athletes, sports psychiatry can help with your mental health and physical performance.

    Sports psychiatry helps to treat athletes suffering from eating disorders, anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, substance-abuse disorders, and a sports related traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as TBI/concussion.

    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/concussion can have significant and lasting impacts on athletes. It often occurs as a result of high-impact sports or accidents, where a sudden blow to the head can lead to brain damage. Athletes with TBI may experience a range of physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, memory problems, mood changes, and impaired coordination. These symptoms can disrupt an athlete’s ability to perform, and the recovery process may involve prolonged rest and rehabilitation. Additionally, repeated TBIs can have cumulative and potentially severe consequences on an athlete’s long-term brain health.

    Medical treatment in sports psychiatry must address risks posed by high levels of exercise, awareness of banned agents, and avoiding side effects that could lead to impaired performance.

    The goal of sports psychiatry is to cultivate a treatment plan that will help you improve your mental health so you can physically perform at your highest ability.