Student Athletics: Opportunity, Challenge, and the Byzantine Construct ‘Body Image’
Pp. 156-177 (22)
John J. Miller
Student interscholastic sport involvement is often presumed to be a
protective factor for participating athletes, and this is no doubt the case for some. This
protection derives from influences such as extra privileges, adoration, popularity, and
beliefs about future prospects. However, student athletic participation can be a
significant risk for others. Risk occurs as a result of significant pressures for low body
weight, ideal physique, and coaching methods used. These pressures are different based
on gender, and even based on sport of preference. This chapter describes student
athletes as a potentially vulnerable population and discusses the risks that can be
experienced using the example of increased incidence of eating disorders.
Anabolic steroid, Binge, Body image, Body weight, Coach*, Eating
disorder, Performance enhancing drugs, Purge, Student athlete.
Troy University, Troy, AL 36082, United States.