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Answered 2006-08-31 21:24:16

Athletes are no different then anyone else. They can have problems at home, school, relationships, etc., which takes their mind off concentrating on the athletic sport they are in. Timing, strength and endurance are all part of the performance. Sometimes a psychiatrist is called in to see what is going on with the athlete because if the athlete is very troubled and worries about failing in their sport they can turn to uppers, downers, steroids, or even take over the counter medications in hopes of helping themselves. As we all know drug testing is going on big time in many sports. Remember, we are not totally healthy until we have conquered mind, body and soul. Miracles never cease when you have all 3. Psychologists are used all the time by both individuals and teams to help them understand motivation, teamwork etc.

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