International Society for Sports Psychiatry

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Room 1E17, First Level, Javits Center

    Don't miss another ISSP event at the 2018 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting!

    In the Classroom and on the Field: Improving Mental Health Care for Collegiate Student Athletes

    Caucus on College Mental Health

    Chair: Bettina U Bohle-Frankel, M.D.

    Presenters: Courtney Albinson, PhD; Mehak Chopra, DO; Julie Sutcliffe, PsyD; Douglas Noordsy, MD; Francesco Dandekar, MD

    According to the NCAA there are more than 460,000 collegiate student athletes in the US. They are constantly juggling academic and athletic demands. Although they are no more likely to suffer from mental illness than other students, athletes face unique challenges: a culture that expects problems be “fixed” quickly, stigma regarding mental illness and “being weak,” NCAA rules, and team/coach dynamics. Athletes are supported and monitored closely by sports medicine physicians and athletic trainers who often see them daily and receive third party information from teammates and coaches. Close cooperation with sports medicine can facilitate referral to mental health care and help with compliance and monitoring. Athletes are often motivated to receive care in order to improve performance. This creates an opening to address the mental health issues that frequently are at the root of poor performance. In 2016, the NCAA published a consensus statement for best practices in mental health care recognizing the crucial importance for athletes’ well-being. This focus on mental health has led to universities creating different models of mental health care and the creation of new positions for sport psychologists. A higher demand for psychiatrists with expertise in the field, either in university positions or in private practice, will likely follow. This workshop will describe innovative health care models developed at Northwestern and Stanford Universities to improve athletes’ mental health and overall well-being. We will start by reviewing stressors for this population such as coping with academic and athletic demands, injuries, performance struggles, and poor sleep and nutrition. Using clinical cases, common disorders will be discussed including post-concussion syndrome, ADHD and eating disorders. There will be a focus on how to collaborate with sports medicine in order to improve compliance and to facilitate a higher level of care when needed. We will consider how different interventions affect the athlete’s eligibility for sports participation, such as medical leave of absence, red-shirting and the reduction of the student’s course load. Specific aspects of medication use in this population will be examined such as the impact of side effects on performance, required documentation for the NCAA and timing with regards to being “in season” for the athlete’s sport. Finally, participants will work on vignettes to illustrate the complicated interchange between sports psychologists, psychiatrists, athletic trainers, sports medicine physicians and sports dietitians. Presenters will include two college sport psychologists, including the current president of the Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology of the American Psychological Association, a fellow in college mental health psychiatry, a psychiatry resident and two psychiatrists.


    • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • New York Marriott Marquis, Odets room

    Join the ISSP board members at our annual business meeting at the 2018 APA Annual Meeting in NYC, including committee updates, updates on our strategic plan, and plans for expansion!

    • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • New York Marriott Marquis, Odets room

    Come join ISSP members and others interested in sports psychiatry for snacks and coffee after our business meeting and before our afternoon scientific session!

    • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • New York Marriott Marquis, Odets room

    Come join the ISSP's Scientific Session at the 2018 APA Annual Meeting to hear the latest about our fascinating field!

    • Monday, May 07, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Broadway North, Sixth Floor, Marriott Marquis New York, NY

    Save the Date! The International Society for Sports Psychiatry is presenting at the APA Annual Meeting.

    The Life of a New York City Ballet Principal: A Sports Psychiatric View Through the Opera Glass.
    Wendy Whelan will be the guest speaker for this ISSP event, which features her experience dancing as a New York City Ballet Principal. You can learn more about Wendy by watching this trailer for the documentary Restless Creature.
    Chair: Antonia Baum, M.D.
    Discussants: David Conant-Norville, M.D. and Claire Twark, M.D.

    Click here to access registration for the APA Annual Meeting.

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