ISSP - International Society for Sports Psychiatry
The ISSP (International Society for Sports Psychiatry) was founded in 1994 to advance the specialty of Sports Psychiatry. Membership is open internationally to psychiatrists and other clinicians interested in the field.
Some important benefits of membership are inclusion in our referral network, opportunity to communicate and collaborate directly with Sports Psychiatrists, and access to our quarterly newsletter containing original content and select journal articles.
ISSP presents an 8 minute film on concussion in the young athlete entitled "Next Week's Game". This video is made available to the ISSP website by executive producer and ISSPs board member, David Baron, MSEd, DO, DFAPA (Asst. Dean, International Relations, Keck School of Medicine at USC, Professor and Vice Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Keck Medical Center at USC
Director, Global Center for Exercise, Psychiatry and Sports at USC)
To view this dramatic video click on the link below and enjoy. https://vimeo.com/73339087
This video is intended for teaching purposes only and is not intended as a commercial product. Please use this video to teach about effects of concussion.
Dr. Karl-Jürgen Bär and Dr. Valentin Markser discuss the challenges in truly understanding the types of psychiatric disorders and stressors experienced by elite athletes. Drs. Bär and Markser discuss the challenges faced by the specialty of sports psychiatry and suggest directions for future research in there article
Sport Specificity of Mental Disorders: Issues for Sports Psychiatry
Abstract The prevalence of psychiatric conditions
among elite athletes is still under debate. More and more
evidence has accumulated that high-performance athletes
are not protected from mental disorders as previously
thought. The authors discuss the issue of the sport specificity of selected mental diseases in elite athletes. Specific aspects of eating disorders, exercise addiction, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and mood disorders in the context of overtraining syndrome are examined. In particular, the interrelationship between life and work characteristics
unique to elite athletes and the development of mental
disorders are reviewed. Differences of clinical presentation
and some therapeutic consequences are discussed. The
authors suggest that the physical and mental strains
endured by elite athletes might influence the onset and
severity of their psychiatric disorder. Beside the existing
research strategies dealing with the amount of exercise, its
intensity and lack of recreation experienced by athletes,
further research on psycho-social factors is needed to better
understand the sport-specific aetiology of mental disorders
in high-performance athletes.
Keywords Sport psychiatry Elite athlete High
performance Mental disorder Psychiatric care
Read the entire article by clicking on the link below.
The United States Olympic Committee invites ISSP member psychiatrists to join the USOC Volunteer Psychiatry Program. This is a great opportunity to provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment services to athletes identified by the USOC medical team as needing psychiatric services. While there are some athletes with the resources to obtain their own medical care, many athletes have need for psychiatric care but do not have access to the needed treatment. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer please click on the link for the invitation letter ISSP USOC Letter 2013.pdf and explanatory enclosure ISSP USOC Enclosure.pdf.
Co- editors Claudia Reardon M.D. and David Baron D.O.
New ISSP-Endorsed Sports Psychiatry Textbook Just Published!
We are delighted to report that a new sports psychiatry textbook, endorsed by both the International Society for Sports Psychiatry and the World Psychiatric Association Section on Exercise and Sports Psychiatry, has just been published by Wiley-Blackwell. Two of the three editors, Drs. David A. Baron and Claudia L. Reardon, serve on the Board of Directors of the ISSP, and they were joined by Dr. Steven H. Baron in editing the book. The book is aptly titled “Clinical Sports Psychiatry: An International Perspective.” What makes this book unique? It is the first clinical sports psychiatry text in over a decade. It differs markedly from the more plentiful sports psychology books that focus on performance issues. Moreover, chapter authors hale from countries around the globe, to an extent unprecedented in this topic. Wonderfully, the majority of authors are ISSP members, and they include interesting case vignettes and helpful tables and graphs throughout their chapters.
Chapters address the hottest topics in the field, as follows:
o Substance Use in Athletes (Eric D. Morse)
o Addiction in Retired Athletes (Pavel A. Ponizovskiy)
o Doping in Sports (David A. Baron, Claudia L. Reardon, Steven H. Baron)
o Exercise Addiction: The Dark Side of Sports and Exercise (Tamas Kurimay, Mark D. Griffiths, Krisztina Berczik)
o Eating Disorders in Athletes (Antonia L. Baum)
o Personality and Personality Disorders in Athletes (Heba M. Fakher M. Hendawy, Ezzat Abdelazeem A. Awad)
o Assessing and Treating Depression in Athletes (David A. Baron, Steven H. Baron, Joshua Tompkins, Aslihan Polat)
o Suicide in Athletes (Antonia L. Baum)
o Concussion in Sports (David A. Baron, Claudia L. Reardon, Jeremy DeFranco, Steven H. Baron)
o Posttraumatic Stress in Athletes (Thomas Wenzel, Li Jing Zhu)
o Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Athletes and Their Significant Others (Mark A. Stillman, Eva C. Ritvo, Ira D. Glick)
o Mindfulness, Attention, and Flow in the Treatment of Affective Disorders in Athletes (Brandon J. Cornejo)
o Performance Enhancement and the Sports Psychiatrist (Michael T. Lardon, Michael W. Fitzgerald)
o Applied Sports Psychology in Worldwide Sport: Table Tennis and Tennis (Kathy Toon, Dora Kurimay, Tamas Kurimay)
o The Use of Psychiatric Medications by Athletes (Claudia L. Reardon, Robert M. Factor)
o Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport (Saul I. Marks)
o The Role of Culture in Sport (Claudia L. Reardon, David A. Baron, Steven H. Baron, Bulent Coskun, Ugur Cakir)
o Ethical Issues in Sports Psychiatry (David A. Baron, Joshua Tompkins, Sally Mohamed, Samir Abolmagd)
o Sports Psychiatrists Working in College Athletic Departments (Eric D. Morse)
o Sports Psychiatry: Current Status and Challenges (Ira D. Glick, Thomas Newmark, Claudia L. Reardon)
Thank you to all the ISSP-member chapter authors for their dedication and hard work in contributing to this book, which has truly been a group effort! The Kindle and hardcover versions of this book can be purchased on www.amazon.com.
Saul Marks MD., ISSP board member and Honorary Secretary for the FINA 2nd Annual Coaches Conference (November 8-10, 2012) in Mexico City. His presentation was entitled "Diving Injuries and Prevention". Dr. Marks has made his presentation slides available to ISSP.
Click on the link below to read the review of sports psychiatrist Dr. David McDuff's new book "Sports Psychiatry- Strategies for Life Balance and Peak Performance" in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
David McDuff M.D. spoke to the ISSP board of directors at the APA / ISSP annual meeting in San Francisco (May, 2013) about his experiences as a sports psychiatrist and recommendations on how to become a sports psychiatrist.
David R. McDuff, M.D. is a long-time sports psychiatrist and mental preparation trainer for the Baltimore Orioles (baseball), Baltimore Ravens (football) and many area university teams and athletes. He visits teams throughout the year providing players, coaches, and family members input on team building, stress control, life balance, performance enhancement, mental preparation, injury rehabilitation, substance prevention, supplement use, and mental illness management.
In addition to his work at the professional level, Dr. McDuff has worked extensively with Olympic, Division I, II, & III University/College, elite club and high school athletes and teams. From his office practice in Ellicott City, Maryland he works with track, cross country, hockey, soccer and lacrosse teams and sees athletes from all sports but especially distance running, golf, tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, rugby, and hockey. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda and author of the recent book “Sports Psychiatry: Strategies for Life Balance & Peak Performance.”
Presented to ISSP Board Meeting 2013 Dr. McDuff's Ten Steps to Becoming a Sports Psychiatrist
1. Volunteer to work with teams at any competitive level in your community-go to practices and games. Meet with players, coaches and parents. Have prepared talks (10-15 minutes).
2. Find a training room and get experience with injury recovery and collaboration with athletic trainers, team physicians, chiropractors, physical therapist and strength and conditioning coaches.
3. Expand your skill set-learn motivational enhancement/behavioral therapy, mental preparation training, energy creation & maintenance, injury recovery/pain management, substance prevention, and gender/cultural competence. Go way beyond the treatment of mental disorders in athletes (see sample handout on energy & sleep).
4. Learn how to engage coaches and athletes informally by walking around.
5. Give community talks and lead discussion groups with athletic administrators, parents, coaches, teams and athletes.
6. Create a website-pay attention to key words (sport & sports psychiatry, sport & sports psychiatry, performance enhancement, sport/sports performance, mental skills training, performance slumps, etc)
7. Learn about NCAA regulations and collective bargaining agreements especially as they apply to urine testing for drugs of abuse and performance enhancers. Learn how to do a TUE evaluation and write a formal report in support of a TUE request.
8. Create a short sports bio and list of services offered (one page-see attached).
9. Decide on a fee structure for team and community talks, ongoing work with teams and office work with athletes (the services are not usually covered by insurance, therefore the market rate is typically bit lower than for mental health/substance services). Expect below market compensation. Do the work because you love it and the people you work with and because you make a difference.
10. Read all the available books on sports psychiatry/psychology and sports performance (see reference list) and get a mentor.
Annual Sports Psychiatry Symposium at the APA Annual Meeting “Contemporary Issues in Sports Psychiatry: A Global Perspective” Tuesday May 21, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 noon
Moscone Convention Center West/ 3rd Floor Room 3009
San Francisco, California
Speakers: Tomas Kurimay MD - Exercise Addiction
David Baron MD - Depression in Athletes
Michael Larden MD - Performance Enhancement and the Sports Psychiatrist Also you will want to attend:
Annual ISSP Scientific Session Monday May 20, 2013 2:30-5:00 pm San Fransisco Marriott Marquis, Pacific Suite J, Fourth Floor. Featured speakers will be chapter authors for the soon to be released Sports Psychiatry book. This will be a great time for members to discuss common topics in sports psychiatry and a great opportunity to consult with other sports psychiatrists.