The Psychology of Athletes: Essentials for Registered Dietitians and Health Professionals

Recorded Webinar

This webinar discusses the importance of RDNs in recognizing the potential signs and symptoms of mental health concerns in athletes and understanding the referral process.

  • Release Date: February 9, 2018
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This product is free for BHN members.

This webinar was presented live on February 9, 2018.

Athletes, from recreational to professional levels, often seek nutritional support to optimize their performances. Knowing that Registered Dietitians are a first point of contact for athletes looking to make changes, it is essential that these professionals are familiar with various mental health concerns that athletes may struggle with but are unable (or unwilling) to recognize themselves. In addition to recognizing the potential signs and symptoms of mental health concerns, it is also critical that Registered Dietitians develop skills for sharing their concerns, as well as, understand the referral process.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 3020, 5200, 5320, 6060, 1010
Performance Indicators: 1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.3.2, 8.3.2, 9.6.4

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify various mental health concerns commonly seen in athletes
  2. Self-assessment of counseling skills and development of plan to acquire new skills
  3. Summarize scope of practice for RDNs and the referral process to other professionals.


Kate Bennett, PsyD.

Kate Bennett, PsyD, is a Clinical Sport Psychologist and the director of Athlete Insight, PC. She supports the clinical and performance needs of athletes worldwide and specializes in the treatment of athletes recovering from eating disorders. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Bennett was an athletic trainer and cycling coach. During her coaching career, she coached several state and national champions as well as earned two national championships herself. As a sport psychologist, she watched several of her athletes win national championships as well as excel as collegiate and professional athletes. Dr. Bennett has presented the American Psychological Association, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Female Athlete Conference, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation, and Medicine of Cycling conferences. In addition, she authored "Eating Disorders in Athletes" (Eating Disorders in Special Populations, 2017) and co-authored "Motivation and Mental Training" (Cycling Science, 2017).

  • Release Date: February 9, 2018