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About ISSP

The ISSP (International Society for Sports Psychiatry) was founded in 1994 to advance the specialty of Sports Psychiatry.  Membership is open internationally to psychiatrists and other clinicians interested in the field.

Some important benefits of membership are inclusion in our referral network, opportunity to communicate and collaborate directly with Sports Psychiatrists, and access to our quarterly newsletter containing original content and select journal articles. 

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Sports Psychiatrist Profile: Claudia Reardon M.D.

By David Conant-Norville on August 11th, 2016

Meet the ISSP Secretary: Claudia Reardon, MD

Dr. Claudia Reardon holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in sports psychiatry. She has worked with college and professional athletes and currently works as an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and at University Health Services in Madison, Wisconsin, treating University of Wisconsin athletes who have a variety of mental health concerns. She is a United States Track and Field (USATF) Certified Official and has particular expertise in treating runners and rowers. Mentoring residents and medical students who are interested in sports psychiatry is one of her passions.

In addition to her service on the International Society for Sports Psychiatry Board of Directors since 2010, Dr. Reardon also serves as the sole psychiatrist on the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. She worked with this organization and with the Wisconsin Medical Society in spearheading passage of Wisconsin youth sports concussion legislation. Additionally, she serves on the World Psychiatric Association’s Section on Exercise, Psychiatry, and Sports.

Dr. Reardon has published and presented widely on a number of sports psychiatry related topics. She is Co-Editor of the 2013 book “Clinical Sports Psychiatry: An International Perspective”. She wrote a detailed review article entitled “Sports psychiatry: a systematic review of diagnosis and medical treatment of mental illness in athletes” in 2010. Other peer-reviewed articles she has recently lead-authored have included: “Drug abuse in athletes” (2014); “Considerations in the use of stimulants in sport” (2016); “The sports psychiatrist and psychiatric medications” (2016); and “Psychiatric medication preferences of sports psychiatrists” (2016).

Meet the new ISSP President: Todd Stull MD

By David Conant-Norville on July 4th, 2016

Dr. Todd Stull holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in General and Addiction Psychiatry and certified in Addiction Medicine. He is a former high school and college football quarterback and has spent more than 10 years working with college athletes while serving as Consulting Sport Psychiatrist at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was the first full time sports psychiatrist in the NCAA where he served as the Director or Sports Psychiatry, Psychology and Performance for the University of Nebraska in Athletic Medicine.
As a performance psychiatrist and founder of Inside Performance Mindroom, Dr. Stull has worked with athletes, corporate executives and physicians to identify and address psychiatric, psychological, and interpersonal and wellness needs through mental health treatment and mental skills training. To optimize health, improve performance and manage psychiatric symptoms while operating within an interdisciplinary team, Dr. Stull often treats mental health and substance related problems.
He has presented at the NCAA Annual Conference, Own the Podium/SPIN Conference in Canada, Annual College Football Officials Convention, National Eating Disorders in Sports Conference, and the Annual Convention for the American Volleyball Coaches Association on various topics related to Sports Psychiatry. Stull is a member of the NCAA Mental Health Task Force and a contributing author for the NCAA publications Mind, Body, and Sport and Mental Health Best Practices.


2016 ISSP Election of Officers

By David Conant-Norville on June 6th, 2016

The International Society for Sports Psychiatry held the annual Scientific Session and annual Members’ Meeting during the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in Atlanta.
The Scientific Session featured insightful and informative presentations:
Drug Abuse in the Athlete: Shane Creado MD
Neurobehavioral Sequelae of Concussion: Silvana Riggio MD
Rethinking Female Athletic Triad: Ian Tofler MD
Changing Culture in Sports: Ira Glick MD
Follow up of Athlete with Mood Disorder, a case report: Antonia Baum MD

The Annual Members’ Meeting was highlighted by an election of officers.
Antonia Baum MD was thanked buy all for her long history of contribution to the development of the ISSP and leadership as ISSP president for the last 2 years and frequent chair of the annual ISSP symposium at the APA meetings.

New ISSP officers for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 are:
President: Todd Stull MD
Vice President: Ian Tofler MD
Treasurer: Francis “Frank” Aguilar MD
Secretary: Claudia Reardon MD (continues)
Shane Creado MD will assume chair of the media committee and combine the role of membership chair and media chair.
Mehak Chopra D. O. was elected to the board as the Member in Training Representative

Annual ISSP Scientific Session Program Announced

By David Conant-Norville on May 13th, 2016

This year’s annual ISSP Scientific Session will be this Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center/ Room: Dogwood B, M1, North Tower. The session’s agenda was recently announced. It looks to be an interesting discussion.

The program is:

Drug Abuse in the Athlete                           Shane Creado MD

Neurobehavioral Sequelae of Concussion           Silvana Riggio MD

Rethinking Female Athletic Triad                    Ian Tofler MD

Changing Culture in Sports                          Ira Glick MD

Follow up of Athlete with Mood Disorder,  a case report  Antonia Baum MD

If there is time we may have a recap of the annual Sports Psychiatry Symposium (Event: 4055 - The Athlete: Homosexuality and Transgenderism, presented Sunday May 15, 8:00 am to 11:00 am in the Georgia World Congress Center - Building B - Level 3, Room B308.)

Please mark your calendars if you are attending the APA meeting in Atlanta this year. The annual ISSP Members Meeting will immediately follow the Scientific Session.

ISSP Symposium- The Athlete: Homosexuality and Transexualism

By David Conant-Norville on February 25th, 2016

Once again, the ISSP will be presenting a symposium at the APA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. This years topic, The Athlete:Homosexuality and Transexualism,  is very timely and we hope will be interesting to all APA attendees, but especially ISSP members. The Symposium (#4055) will be presented on Sunday May 15, 2016, from 8:00 AM to 11:00 am. You can find the symposium in Building B of the Georgia World Congress Center; Level 3 Room B308.

Abstract: Athletes have long been stereotyped along gender lines: the ultra masculine, Neanderthal proportioned football player, the androgynous femail distance runner or mail gymnast, the ultra femininine synchronized swimmer or the effeminate male ice dancer.  Is gender a state of mind, body, genetics, hormones, politics?  The transgender athlete faces stigma of a new order in the athletic arena.  There are many challenges in striving for the level playoing field, but the concept of altered gender crosses one of the most clearly demarcated lines in the sporting world.  Ibe if tge confounds is the addition of hormonal treatments, and the ensuing, unquantifiable changes to the individual's performance.  What happens when a surgically or hormonally altered man or woman enters the realm of athletic competition, particularly in "combat" sports?  These issures will be discussed both from a historical perspective and through the lens of the contemprary climate, accompanied by a focus on the stressors felt by the athlete, what a sports psychiatrist might anticipate in working with such patients, ad suggested ways of handling these situations.

Antonia Baum M.D.
 and Daniel Begel M.D.

The symposisium is chaired by Antonia Baum M.D. (current ISSP president).  Others presenters will be Daniel Begel M.D. (ISSP founder) and Paul McHugh M.D.  Discussant will be David Conant-Norville M.D. 

We hope to involve the audience in a lively and hopefully interesting discussion.

Please note that this is the morning ISSP activity and the afternoon ISSP activity is the Annual ISSP Scientific Session, followed by out annual ISSP Members Business Meeting.

Annual ISSP Symposium and Scientific Session/Annual Members' Meeting Scheduled at APA meeting in Atlanta

By David Conant-Norville on February 8th, 2016

Announcing the International Society for Sports Psychiatry activities during the American Psychiatric Association Annual meeting May 13-18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Both ISSP events will be on Sunday May 15, 2016 and will start with an ISSP Symposium chaired by ISSP President, Antonia Baum MD. This year’s symposium is Event:4055 - The Athlete: Homosexuality and Transgenderism, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. The location will be the Georgia World Congress Center - Building B - Level 3, Room B308.

The afternoon event on Sunday, May 15 from 1:00-4:00 pm will be the ISSP Scientific Session followed by our Annual Members' Business Meeting. The location of this meeting will be the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center/ Room: Dogwood B, M1, North Tower.

The Symposium is free to all registered for the APA Annual Meeting. The Scientific Session is free to all members; you need not be registered for the APA meeting to attend the ISSP meeting.

The ISSP board of directors invites all members to present a 10-20 minute scientific talk on sports psychiatry at the Scientific Session. If you would like to present a talk to the group, please send a brief abstract of your presentation topic and content summary to Scientific Session chair, Ira Glick M.D. by e-mail at

We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium and Scientific Session/ Annual Members' Meeting.

Achievement by Proxy Distortion in Youth Sports featured on NPR

By David Conant-Norville on January 6th, 2016

Anders Kelto, a reporter for NPR and former collegiate soccer player, presents a 6 minute piece for NPR Morning Edition of September 4, 2015 entitled "How Likely Is It, Really, That Your Athletic Kid Will Turn Pro?."  You can read or listen to this story.  Just click on the link below:

Meet an ISSP Sport Psychiatrist: Carla Edwards MD FRCPC

By David Conant-Norville on January 6th, 2016

Dr. Edwards joined the David Braley Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) in 2012. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Chemistry at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she also competed for five years on their varsity volleyball team in the Atlantic University conference.  She was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sport Hall of Fame in 2015. She obtained her medical degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland before completing a psychiatry residency at McMaster University. She has been an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at McMaster University since 2005.
At McMaster, Dr. Edwards provides consultation and support for elite athletes and performing artists, with focus on diagnosis and treatment recommendations pertaining to struggles with mental illness, as well as performance enhancement strategies. Special consideration is given to elements specific to the sport or performance art in interpretation of challenges as well as to the development of the treatment approaches. Services are extended to McMaster students, community individuals, as well as varsity athletes from other postsecondary institutions.

Click link to read the latest article featuring Dr Edwards

Dr. Begel's Seminal Article started Sport Psychiatry in 1992

By David Conant-Norville on January 6th, 2016

A small group of psychiatric pioneers in the early 1990s gathered to discuss a common interest in understanding more about the role of psychiatry in the world of sport.  This was the genesis of the International Society of Sport Psychiatry.  Now, 24 years after ISSP's first president Daniel Begel M.D., wrote his seminal article for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association in 1992, we have linked his his article that launched ISSP for you to review. 

The ISSP board of directors recommends that all international sport psychiatrists read and contemplate the wisdon of Dr Begel. His comments continue to be relevant for our field as we work to understand the unique psychiatric challenges for the athlete.  

Click on this link in blue to read about the beginning thoughts of sport psychiatry:
Begel Overview of Sport Psychiatry_May1992.pdf

We hope that you are able to join the ISSP annual meeting at the annual APA meeting this May 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch for more informatiion on this website as it becomes available.

ProjectPlay report highlights challenges and solutions to improve Youth Sports

By David Conant-Norville on May 11th, 2015

The Aspen Institute for Sports and Society Program under the leadership of Tom Farrey, in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine and many other sports, civic, governmental, and professional organizations (including the International Society for Sports Psychiatry) have taken on the task of reviewing the state of youth sports in America with the goal of re-inventing and improving the youth sports experience for all.  After a series of roundtable discussions and review of the literature, the organization issued their report
Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game (click link to view the report).  I recommend that all sports psychiatrists and all civic-minded individuals interested in healthy youth development review this document.  The document was presented in Washington DC to an audience of over 350 persons with a stake in improving youth sports.  Attached is a link that will take you to the event page for the summit.  In addition to reviewing the report and supporting data, the website has video links of all of the events that occurred that day. on the site and enjoy the panel discussions, presentations, and the graphic highlights done by graphic artists in real time as the panels were ongoing. 

This project is ongoing.  The next step is organizing groups to make a commitment to develop a project that improves youth sports.  What ideas do sports psychiatrists have?  Should the ISSP take the challenge and create an initiative?  Send in your ideas.  We will post your thoughts and begin this discussion within our community and with other professional and sport groups. Let’s come together and create an initiate for kids that will matter.

Dave Conant-Norville MD

ISSP representative to the Project Play Summit

International Society for Sports Psychiatry

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