Playing college sports can be a dream come true for many, but the pressure to perform at this elite level can creates a set of circumstances that can set up an athlete to be at a higher risk for eating disorders. In reflection of this circumstance, we’ve invited Dr. Jessica Barker to present at St. Olaf to student athletes and coach about her research on eating disorders and exercise. This presentation will provide the basics of eating disorders, disordered eating, Relative Energy Deficit in Sport (RED-S), low energy availability, and other need to know information about eating disorders, including signs to watch for and the risks associated eating disorders and disordered eating. We will learn how athletes, coaches and teams can support each other, and what is helpful in creating an atmosphere in college sports that encourages health and athletic goals.
Bio: Jessica Barker, MPS, LADC is a researcher and trained therapist whose work examines the
concepts of Exercise Satiation and Satiety and how these ideas can be used to conceptualize and
provide effective exercise recommendations to the public health as well as clinical populations
including those in eating disorders. Jessica has over 20 years of experience in mental health and
currently provides services through Exert-ED Services including ethics consults and social media
planning for mental health professionals. Jessica has a Masters of Professional Studies in
Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota and is a Licensed Alcohol and
Drug Counselor. She is Adjunct Faculty member at Winona State University and is a part of the
research team at Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research. Jessica is passionate about
incorporating research perspectives, clinical expertise and patient perspectives to inform practice,
including in the effective and ethical utilization of social media, and is a co-chair for the
Academy for Eating Disorders Social Media Committee. Jessica also has 10 years of experience
in the health and wellness industry as a fitness instructor.
Learn more at http://stolaf.presence.io/event/under-pressure-what-college-athletes-coaches-and-teams-need-to-know-about-eating-disorders-and-disordered-eating