Why Athletes Are Becoming An Elite Athlete

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letes will tell you from a young age that they aspire to be the best in the sport that they do. Whether its making it to that Division one school or becoming an elite athlete in the professional sense, where the individual now earns a living from playing said sport. Athletes are defined as an individual who has trained and/or become skilled in sports, exercise, or games in which require physical strength, stamina, and agility (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). This then posses the question, can an individual whom is not at their best physical strength or agility or stamina be someone that we’d consider an athlete? We’ve seen over time an increase in the concern of athlete’s health whether it be from alcohol and/or drug abuse, and eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or other disordered eating patterns. Both problems could be detrimental to the individual’s health and both raise ethical dilemmas for a coach to consider. In this paper we will further discuss the issues associated with both drug or substance abuse and eating disorders in athletes.

The first topic that will be discussed is an eating disorder known as Anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosas is the disease in which an individual starves him or herself in fear of being or becoming overweight or “fat”. Now opposite of that, we have a disease in which the individual in turn begins binge eating and as a result they then self-induce vomit. This disorder it better known as bulimia nervosa. By emphasizing

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