Alcohol and Sport

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Human Kinetics, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 219 pages
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Alcohol in athletes mixes no better than alcohol in drivers. Robert Stainback's Alcohol and Sport reveals the extent of the sport and alcohol relationship and how professionals can help prevent and treat alcohol abuse in sport. This book is an essential reference for the entire support team who helps athletes perform and cope with life's problems.

Sport psychologists, athletic counselors, and substance abuse counselors will gain a better understanding of the extent and causes of alcohol problems in sport, followed by guidance on how to intervene with alcohol-abusing athletes.

Athletic trainers, sport physical therapists, and sport physicians often are the first to encounter and assist the alcohol-abusing athlete. These professionals will find this book essential reading in helping to prevent and reduce alcohol abuse in sport.

Athletic directors and coaches will find Alcohol and Sport useful in helping them to recognize alcohol abuse and dependence, and know the options available for helping athletes to obtain treatment.

Clinical and sport psychologist Robert Stainback condenses 20 years of practical experience and research in substance abuse treatment into this comprehensive, indispensable reference that

- provides background information about alcohol use and addiction;

- describes alcohol use patterns of athletes and others involved in sport;

- examines alcohol's influence on the human body, behavior, and human performance, including sport;

- discusses the incidence of alcohol-related disorders in athletes and sport professionals and considers the risk factors in these populations;

- includes case examples of athletes and sport professionals experiencing alcohol-related problems;

- explores how successful prevention programs might be developed in sport contexts;

- reviews stages of recovery from alcohol dependence and describes how helping professionals may facilitate an athlete's progression through these stages; and

- provides an overview of the treatment experience and considers how the sport experience may influence an athlete's participation in treatment.


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Alcohol Use Abuse and Dependence
Economic Costs of Alcohol Use 1 0
Risk Factors for Alcohol Dependence 2 1
Alcohol Use in the General Population
Alcohol Use Among Sport Professionals
Biomedical Effects of Alcohol
Among Athletes and Sport Professionals
and Dependence Prevention
Helping the Problem Drinker to Change
Matching Client Needs
Alcohol Use in Sport
Appendix A Alcohol Use in Society

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About the author (1997)

Clinical and sport psychologist Robert D. Stainback, PhD, has more than 20 years of practical experience and research in substance abuse treatment. He has headed the Substance Abuse Treatment Program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and served as an assistant professor in psychology and psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His years of research and practical experience in the substance abuse treatment field includes 12 years directing treatment programs.

Stainback's shift in focus from addictions to health and sport psychology resulted from his experience as a Visiting Professor at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in 1988. He continued in this direction by serving as the sport psychologist for a U.S. Olympic athlete competing in the 1992 Winter Games.

The author lives in Birmingham with his wife, Judith La Marche. He enjoys reading and participating in aerobics and art classes.

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