Athletes and Eating Issues
Being a college athlete requires a tremendous amount of personal commitment. There are unique pressures and demands placed on college athletes. Both you and others expect you to "always do your best." Your coach and teammates depend on you. Often hundreds of people are watching your performance at athletic competitions. Practices and sporting events take a great deal of time, yet you are also expected and required to successfully handle the same rigorous academic schedule as other Middlebury students. The intensity of the demand of this combination, of both academic and athletic performances, is very significant and stressful. Sometimes these demands can result in self doubt, a troubling sense of inadequacy and/or heightened anxiety and the decision to "do whatever it takes" to be successful. Too frequently, "whatever it takes" may include an unrealistic goal regarding weight control, weight loss, or achieving a percentage of body fat that is lower than what your body can realistically maintain. Click the link above for more information.
If you are considering trying to lose weight, it is strongly recommended that you do so only after consultation with, and under the supervision of, a health professional or trainer. A personal consultation with an appropriate professional can help you set realistic weight loss goals and is your best assurance of designing a weight loss plan which is appropriate for you and which will be safe and effective. Click the link above for more information.
All female athletes intending to participate in Middlebury College intercollegiate Athletics programs will be expected to maintain normal or positive energy availability, and participate in a simple low energy availability screening program (Low Energy Athlete Prevention or L.E.A.P.). Clink the link above for more information.