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Understanding Eating Disorders in Elite Gymnastics / Jacinta, Tan; Andrew, Bloodworth; Michael, McNamee

Clinics in Sports Medicine, Volume: 35, Issue: 2, Pages: 275 - 292

Swansea University Authors: Jacinta, Tan, Andrew, Bloodworth, Michael, McNamee

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Eating disorders and disordered eating are more common in high performance sports than the general population, and particularly so in high performance aesthetic sports. This paper presents some of the conceptual difficulties in understanding and diagnosing eating disorders in high performance gymnas...

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Published in: Clinics in Sports Medicine
ISSN: 0278-5919
Published: Elsevier BV 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21358
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Abstract: Eating disorders and disordered eating are more common in high performance sports than the general population, and particularly so in high performance aesthetic sports. This paper presents some of the conceptual difficulties in understanding and diagnosing eating disorders in high performance gymnasts. It presents qualitative and quantitative data from a study designed to ascertain the pattern of eating disorder symptoms, depressive symptoms and levels of self-esteem amongst national and international level gymnasts from the UK in the gymnastic disciplines of sport acrobatics, tumbling and rhythmic gymnastics.
Keywords: Gymnastics; Eating disorders; Depressive symptoms; Self-esteem; Female athlete triad syndrome; Elite performance
Issue: 2
Start Page: 275
End Page: 292