The Appetite Episode #63:

Coaches and Athletes: Whole Self Conditioning off the Field

An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast

How can we take care of the athlete as a whole person? Often considered a lesser concern, the mental health of the athlete is of key importance—both on and off the field. Jason Durocher, head athletic trainer, and Monica VanWinkle, MS, RD, sports dietitian—both in the Seattle Pacific University athletic department and beyond—join Opal Co-Founder and Director of the Exercise + Sport team Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and host Carter Umhau, LMHC to help us all reimagine a healthier circle of support in the athletic environment. From athletic conditioning for the whole person to coaches’ attitudes, this episode offers an empowering and educational window into mental health support and eating disorder prevention for those on all sides of athletics. 



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Monica’s handout: Tips for Athletic Directors, Coaches, Parents and Anyone Else Working With Athletes and Artists

Fundamentals of Glycogen Metabolism for coaches

Australian Institute of Sport: Nutrition Handouts

NEDA: Developing and Modeling Positive Body Image

NEDA: Coach and Trainer Toolkit

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