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Melrose Center event Feb. 18 explores link between sports and mental health

February 16, 2016

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — The public is invited to an event at Melrose Center that will feature a panel discussion about often under recognized mental health conditions among athletes. Topics will include:

  • Training for performance
  • When healthy becomes unhealthy
  • Signs and symptoms of eating disorders
  • How to support those in recovery

In a study of 1,445 athletes in Division 1 schools with the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) 1, about one in four female and one in ten male athletes were at risk of anorexia. In addition, 58% of females and 38% of the male athletes were at risk for vomiting, laxative, or diuretic abuse.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, risk factors for athlete include:

  • Sports that emphasize appearance, weight requirements such as gymnastics, diving, bodybuilding or wrestling
  • Sports that focus on the individual such as gymnastics, running, figure skating, dance or diving
  • Endurance sports such as track and field/running, swimming
  • Coaches who focus primarily on success and performance rather than on the athlete as a whole person

What: Breaking the Stigma--Athletes and Eating Disorders

When:: Thursday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where:: Melrose Center
3525 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Register at, call 952-993-6555 or register at

1. Int J Eat Disord. 1999 Sep; 26(2):179-88.

About Park Nicollet Health Services

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