ISSP - International Society for Sports Psychiatry

About ISSP

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. 

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IOC Consensus Statement on Training the Elite Child Athlete

By David Conant-Norville on October 23rd, 2014

The International Olympic Committee has issued recommendations for training the elete child athletein there resent concensus statement, supported by scientific data and with discussions of special issues, including psychological training challenges that are unique to children training as elite performers.  All sports psychiatrists why treat the child athlete should be familiar with this brief and straight forward document.

To read the complete concensus statement clinc on the link below:

IOC Consensus Statement on Training the Elite Child Athlete.pdf

IOC presents Concensus Statement on RED-S evaluation and return to play guidelines

By David Conant-Norville on October 22nd, 2014

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-s) is a troublesome condition that every sports psychiatrist or sports medicine physician to be familiar with. This condition, formerly referred to as the Female Triad, has been renamed and re-conceptualized after studies indicated that males experience the disorder as well. The primary problem is that the energy input is inadequate to compensate for the energy output and subsequently puts that athlete at significant risk. Associated with restricted nutrition and subsequent metabolic challenges are the associated finding of menstual cycle changes (for females) and osteoporosis. Attached is the entire IOC Consensus statement as published in the British Medical Journal. This article is recommended reading for clinicians who treat female athletes and or male athletes in sports where there may be tremendous outside influence to loose weight.

For the complete article click the link below
bjsports_mountjoy_IOC Consensus RED-S.pdf

Announcing the schedule for the 2014 ISSP Annual Scientific Session and Business Meeting

By David Conant-Norville on January 28th, 2014

The 2014 ISSP Annual Scientific Session and Business Meeting is scheduled for Sunday May 4, 2014 in the Harlem Room, seventh floor of the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel for 9 am to noon.

While attending the 167th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New York City from May 3-7, 2014, be sure to schedule time to attend this ISSP Annual Event.  No Sports Psychatry Symposium is on the APA program for  this year, so this ISSP meeting is a great opportunity to meet with other sports psychatrists.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.


Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete conference in Orlando: February 11-12, 2014

By David Conant-Norville on December 25th, 2013

ISSP is a co-supporting organization for this national conference alongside the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). All sports psychiatrists encouraged to attend and participate.

Please join us at one of the most important recreational sports, play, and physical education conferences of the year: Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: The Public Health Challenge and Opportunity, February 11-12, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Conference is an unprecedented opportunity to come together as CHANGEMAKERS, and participate in a national conversation that impacts the lives of the children we serve. It is being co-hosted by the American College of Sports Medicine, Disney/ESPN, the National Council of Youth Sports, the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute, and Sport & Society, a program of the Aspen Institute. The Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete conference will address: 

• Placing children and their health at the center of our programs and practices; • Unleashing the collective energies of youth sports, physical education, and sports to show the power of physical activity as a public health investment; • Creating a bridge between research and action to celebrate and share best practices; • Exploring what we are doing to engage the marginalized child and showing that sports and physical activity are not only for the most athletic, but are fun, friend-building, and healthy activities; and, • Identifying feedback mechanisms, and measurement and evaluation processes needed to communicate the value of our programs and the co-benefits of physical activity to parents, coaches, policy-makers, and decision-makers. 

The good news: sports participation rates are increasing. The bad news: More than one-third of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese; 60% are not meeting recommended physical activity guidelines; and the number of kids suffering from chronic diseases like asthma, heart problems, diabetes, and behavior and learning problems, has more than doubled from 12.8 percent in 1994 to more than 25 percent today. Brain science tells us that we have a window of opportunity to create healthier generations by investing in children before the age of 10. These issues are now being discussed as part of global and national health strategies by governments, national and international civil society organizations, and UN agencies involved with children’s health, development, education, and social protection. We have a public health grand opportunity to position sports, physical activity, and recreational play as THE cross-societal investment opportunity that grows human potential and physical, emotional, mental, and social health. 

Lend your voice, share your strengths, and be a champion in shaping our children’s futures by attending the Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete conference. To register, please visit:

"Well Played" video on ADHD in youth sports available to all

By David Conant-Norville on December 15th, 2013

The Global Center for Exercise, Psychiatry and Sport at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine has produced a new video depicting the challenges of suffering with ADHD as a young child participating in youth sports. This quality dramatic production is made available to all as an educational tool for young athletes, their families, and coaches. This video may not be used for commercial purposes without written release from the Executive Producer Dr. David Baron M.S. Ed., D.O. Access to this video can be obtained by clicking the following link www. The password is WP (case-sensitive capitalized letters). The producers hope that you enjoy the video and share is with others.

"Next Week's Game", a video about concussion in youth athlete

By David Conant-Norville on October 30th, 2013

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.
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.

The German Perspective: Sport Specificity of Mental Disorders in Athletes

By David Conant-Norville on October 7th, 2013


Dr. Karl-Jürgen Bär

                     Dr. Valentin Markser

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

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.

2013 Bar Markser sport specificity of mental disorders.pdf

ISSP initiates Sports Psychiatry literature file

By David Conant-Norville on October 1st, 2013

Ira Glick MD

Three More Sports Psychiatry Articles:
ISSP board member Ira Glick shares articles on sports psychiatry.  To view the articles please click on the links below.

Glick.Sport Psychiatry-a new frontier in a challenging world.pdf

Glick.Psychiatric Conditions in Sports.pdf

Glick. Psychiatric Aspects of Basketball.pdf

ISSP members invited to join USOC volunteer psychiatry program

By David Conant-Norville on September 15th, 2013

Join the USOC volunteer psychiatry team

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.

New ISSP endored testbook on International Sports Psychiatry now available

By David Conant-Norville on September 15th, 2013


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


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