Coaching Athletes With Eating Disorders - Dan Robinson

Published on: 1st September, 2021

Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

Disclaimer - in this episode we talk about eating disorders, excessive exercise, and other mental health issues. Please take care if you decide to listen.

In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast, I speak with endurance running coach Daniel Robinson. Dan has lived experience with an eating disorder, a Ph.D. in sport psychology, and years of experience as a coach.

Through this conversation, we attempt to tackle to problem of how we can begin to improve coaching to help alleviate and/or prevent eating disorders in sport. We touch on topics like:

  • How best to implement experts by experience to help implement change.
  • The importance of recognising imposter syndrome as well as your ego.
  • Whether there is a truly appropriate way of coaching
  • The issues that come with creating a fear of being "cancelled" for coaching in a suboptimal manner
  • How can coaches create an atmosphere that is helpful for athletes with eating disorders?
  • Is it right to aim to always be happy?

Today's devils advocate question: We know coaches can influence athletes mental health so shouldn’t we be shunning all coaches for so many athletes having mental health issues?

To find Dan, you can follow his awesome initiative The Oregano Project, which supports refugee athletes, online:

Instagram: @theoreganoproject

Twitter: @oregano_project

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About the Podcast

MyoMinds Podcast
Demystifying mental health in the exercising community
The MyoMinds podcast is here to start the discussions around disordered eating, exercise addiction, muscle dysmorphia, and everything in-between within exercisers.

Our guests include professional athletes, Experts, Doctors, coaches, experts by experience, and more.

The podcast is hosted by the CEO of MyoMinds, George Mycock. He has personal experience with eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, depression, and anxiety.

*Disclaimer: The MyoMinds Podcast can not be used as a replacement for medical help. If you are struggling with issues related to the content of this podcast, please speak to a medical professional or one of the many available mental health charities (e.g. The Samaritans helpline: 116 123).*

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George Mycock

I am the CEO of MyoMinds and the host of the MyoMinds Podcast. I'm a fitness enthusiast who has lived experience with eating disorders, compulsive exercise, and body dysmorphia. I want to improve the understanding of mental health within the fitness and sport community.