SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST CAROLINE SILBY SAYS OVER EXERCISERING CAN BE DANGEROUS – LEADING TO PHYSICAL AND MENTAL INJURY. WHILE THE CONDITION CAN BE SIMILAR TO AN EATING DISORDER, MOST OVER EXERCISERS TEND TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL, PROFESSIONALLY.
Caroline Silby, Sports Psychologist: “Over exercisers have a lot of qualities that contribute to success and they tend to be driven, achievement oriented individuals who are persistent, have strong work ethics.”
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Caroline Silby once dreamt of Olympic glory. But the pressure of the sport, combined with her failure to make the Olympic team in 1984, forced her to curb her career.
“Adjusting to doing jumps when you have hips and breasts is a whole different kind of adjustment than male athletes have. Not to mention the whole hormonal changes that go along with that,” she said. “It was like, enough already. And many athletes, as certainly I did, get to a point where you just don’t want to do it anymore.”
Silby went on to become a sports psychologist, a specialist essential for figure skaters who want to excel on the ice while staying sane. She’s had parents ask her to work with athletes as young as seven-years-old.
“They focus on a lot of things, what their parents are thinking, what their coaches are thinking, who they’re going to compete against, what their score is going to be — all these external things that aren’t under their control,” she said about her figure skating clients, some of whom have made it to the Olympics. “You have to ABC News: Stressed, Stretched and Skating
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