The blog reviewed here is ‘The Sports Psychiatrist‘ by Dr Zaakir Yoonas. I had become aware of this blog after Dr Yoonas had very kindly commented on one of my earlier posts and I was interested to learn more about this blog. Other psychiatrists have played an important role in sports. For instance psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters has been involved in the preparation of the extremely successful British cycling team at the last olympics (for further details see here).
Appearance and Design
The blog is hosted at blogspot and uses a white background throughout. The articles lie in the central pane, are single columned with black font, orange headers with dates and generous use of high quality illustrative photographs. The title pane contains a photograph of a suited man in a running pose with the caption ‘Thoughts on the mental aspects of athletes and competition’. Immediately below the title pane is a disclaimer while to the right an About section informs us that Dr Yoonas is a psychiatry resident at Stanford. The right hand pane contains useful links to Dr Yoonas’s twitter account, links to external blogs and a navigatable chronological index of the site. The latter index is extremely convenient for rapidly accessing articles.
The blog is relatively young. The first article is dated August 2009 and there are 22 articles in total at the time of writing. The articles are several paragraphs long and focus on various aspects of the intersection between psychiatry and sports. A number of articles examine news stories about sports people and expand on psychiatric aspects of these stories. So for instance there are articles on angry outbursts and how these can be managed, the effects of chronic stress, as well as a piece on traumatic brain injuries. Dr Yoonas also covers a number of interesting research studies such as this one on an association between depression and injuries in athletes. I also found an article on ‘where do winners go next?’ quite interesting. Dr Yoonas cites research which suggests that maintaining success is associated with a focus on process rather than the expectations of others. This perhaps is not just applicable to sports but to other areas of human endeavour.
This is a relatively young blog with some very interesting articles on the intersection between sports and psychiatry. I thought that Dr Yoonas is able to effectively bring an emotional element into the articles which helps him to connect with his readership and highlight common and treatable mental illnesses. There are other articles on improving human performance which are important for the emerging area of mental well-being and so this blog will have a broad appeal.
You can find an index of the site here. The page contains links to all of the articles in the blog in chronological order.
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