Global studies have shown that there is a 20% higher prevalence amongst athletes of all ages and abilities to develop a dysfunctional relationship with food and training.
The prevalence of eating disorders and relevant energy deficiency in sports (RED-s) is being seen more commonly amongst runners, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes. Athletes of all levels – from juniors, development, recreational, club and elite – and both males and females are at risk.
What does TRAINING BRAVE mean?
It means athletes and coaches talking more, and not just about performances. Being brave enough to share their mutual concerns and asking each other for help.
Being BRAVE enough to fuel training sufficiently, recognise warning signs of disordered behaviour, and reduce the risks of overtraining.
Overall, TRAINING BRAVE means adopting a human-focused approach to ensure athletes are valued as humans – worth more than their times and performances, and coaches feeling comfortable and better-equipped.
We hope to inspire more athletes to share their stories, raise awareness of the risks of eating disorders and relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-s), provide more resources for coaches and clubs, and create an on going discussion to ensure we encourage a non-judgmental, honest a blame-free environment in which athletes of all ages and levels of competition can flourish.
We hope to push for changes to improve the culture and environment, provide up to date resources and where possible signpost to appropriate support services, in order to prevent this problem from growing.