As Coach Reed says, what you say echoes as their inner voice. What are we saying and doing that can be the voice driving athletes to make dangerous decisions regarding nutrition and their bodies? What can we do to recognize and prevent these issues before it’s too late? Tune in to this difficult and important discussion now.

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Show Notes

10:35 Dr. Bennet’s daily work with athletes

16:20 Background and research on eating disorders in athletes

20:20 Eating disorders exist in men too, and we have to be willing to talk about it

22:50 Causes of eating disorders in sports

30:35 Athletes need to listen to their bodies to choose how to eat

34:50 Do not attach guilt to anything you eat

40:05 How can coaches be mindful of our words and actions

42:20 What are warning signs we should see

49:20 Dr. Bennett’s final advice for coaches


About Dr. Bennett

Kate Bennett, PsyD, is the founder and director of Athlete Insight, PC. Her professional career began at Indiana University, where she earned a BS in Kinesiology and Athletic Training. Feeling compelled to help athletes on a psychological level, Dr. Bennett earned her EdM in Counseling and Sport Psychology at Boston University. She then worked at Carmichael Training Systems as a cycling coach while also racing her bike. During her coaching career, Dr. Bennett coached several state and national champions as well as earned two national championships herself. Over time, Dr. Bennett recognized her desire to help the whole person rather than focus solely on performance. She returned to graduate school to specialize in the treatment of athletes and eating disorders at the University of the Rockies. Dr. Bennett completed her practicum at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Counseling Center and her pre-doctoral internship at the Western Washington University Counseling Center. She then completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver (EDCD) and continued on as a primary therapist. In collaboration with EDCD, Dr. Bennett combined her clinical expertise and sport experience to launch the ELITE Program, a treatment program designed specifically to treat elite athletes struggling with eating disorders. She is an integrative therapist, working from a humanistic foundation and incorporating other therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and EMDR. Dr. Bennett is a clinical sport psychologist, licensed in the state of Colorado.


Getting in Touch


Twitter: @AthleteInsight

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