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Readers explore the unique intersection of extraordinary performance and the emotional struggles that often inform and shape the achievements of famous athletes. They learn about the imaginable pressure athletes endure physically and emotionally to perform on the public stage and how this lifestyle is generally counterproductive to emotional stability and consistent self-care. This textbook includes stories of baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, gymnast Christy Henrich, middle distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton, cyclist Marco Pantani, hockey player Theoren Fleury, surfer Michael Peterson, football player Lionel Aldridge, and others that range from heart-wrenching to inspirational.
Written with respect and reverence to elite athletes and informed by the author’s decades of experience in counseling and psychotherapy, Fallen Heroes is an ideal supplemental textbook for courses in kinesiology and health science, physical education, abnormal psychology, counseling, sociology of sport, physical education, and mental health.