I’ve always been interested in sports and spent some time during my training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) sports complex, home to the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, in order to learn more about concussions, post concussive syndrome and sports psychiatry. I learned that there is a lack of mental health professionals aware of the issues that face our student athletes from t-ball to the NCAA.
In working with and talking to sports team physicians, coaches, athletic directors, parents, neuropsychologists, sports psychologists, physical therapists, athletic trainers and school counselors, I learned that it is very hard to find a psychiatrist aware of the unique issues facing our athletes today. I’ve also heard horror stories of mental health professionals telling anxious kids that if you get too nervous playing your sport, you should quit.
I have studied the field of sports psychiatry and learned that it is a very small field with very few practicing providers. Currently, I am the consulting sport psychiatrist for Temple University Athletics. I commonly work with athletes from the local high schools, Philadelphia professional sports teams and other local colleges. During my time in Pittsburgh, I worked with athletes from Robert Morris University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh focusing on comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment which provided for both improved athletic performance as well as academic/life performance.
Services provided include:
Sports focused treatment for common difficulties with mood, anxiety, emotions, anger, etc…
Complete ADHD assessment meeting NCAA guidelines and therapeutic exemptions if needed
Post concussive syndrome treatment planning
Performance enhancement for the mental game