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Mind-Blowing Secrets Revealed: Fordham Athletics’ Epic Quest for Unbeatable Identity, Supreme Performance, and Ultimate Health!

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Mind-Blowing Secrets Revealed: Fordham Athletics’ Epic Quest for Unbeatable Identity, Supreme Performance, and Ultimate Health!

Fordham Athletics Launches Program to Address Student-Athlete Well-Being

Fostering a Healthy Relationship with Food and Body Image

Fordham Athletics, in collaboration with Fordham’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, is excited to introduce a groundbreaking program called “The Athletic Ideal: Identity, Performance, and Health.” This initiative aims to address the unique challenges student-athletes face regarding their relationship with food, health, and body image. By engaging in open conversations and thought-provoking workshops, participants will gain a deeper understanding of person-student-athlete identity, discipline in sports, health within the athletic ideal, and internalizing messaging.

Recognizing that each sport and individual faces distinct pressures, the program will be tailored to meet the needs of male and female athletes alike. The ultimate goal is to promote a process-oriented approach to self-improvement, success, and overall well-being while encouraging student-athletes to prioritize their health to achieve sustainable peak performance.

Addressing a High-Risk Population

Athletes, due to the nature of their rigorous training and performance expectations, are at a higher risk for disordered eating, eating disorders, and body/muscle dysmorphia. Through this program, student-athletes will gain valuable insights into these issues, helping them identify potential warning signs and seek appropriate support.

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Brittany VanderGroef
Brittany VanderGroef

Experienced Guidance for Student-Athletes

To ensure the success of the program, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance Joe Gilfedder and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Brittany VanderGroef will lead the charge. By sharing their personal experiences and vulnerabilities, they seek to create a safe and supportive environment for student-athletes to openly discuss their thoughts and concerns.

A Holistic Approach

The program commenced with the rowing program, and as it progresses, the Strength and Conditioning office plans to extend their training to sport coaches. This training will encompass early identification of struggling athletes, effective communication strategies, and available resources related to body image, body dysmorphia, and identity. By equipping coaches with the necessary knowledge and tools, Fordham Athletics aims to create a comprehensive support system for student-athletes across various sports.

An Evening of Reflection and Empathy

The program’s inaugural workshop featured Brittany VanderGroef, the strength and conditioning coach for rowing, and Dina Stella, M.Ed, LMSW from the University’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services. VanderGroef courageously shared her personal journey as a former student-athlete, highlighting the detrimental effects of overtraining and underfueling in pursuit of societal expectations. She emphasized the importance of prioritizing personal well-being beyond one’s athletic career and expressed hope that the discussions held during the workshop would empower student-athletes to navigate the post-college stage of their lives.

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