Authors: (Dilip R Patel, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America)
Abstract: Sports participation by children and adolescents is considered a rite of passage in the
contemporary American society. Over the past several years there has been a
fundamental shift from playing for fun to playing for some other goals, using sport as a
means to get there. Although the benefits of sports participation have been well
acknowledged, it is also important to consider that for some athletes sport participation
can be very stressful and may lead to psychosocial problems including depression and
suicidal behavior. This chapter reviews the relationship between sport participation and
the risk for suicidal behavior with theoretical and clinical perspectives.
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