Sport & PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from sports accidents is a significant and often overlooked aspect of athletes’ mental health. When athletes experience severe injuries or accidents during competition or training, the psychological impact can be profound. There can be a sudden disruption of physical well-being. When the body produces opioids in response to PTSD we experience fatigue which can increase a risk of re-injury.

Athletes may find that returning to training can trigger symptoms of PTSD. Flashbacks, nightmares, and heightened anxiety may persist, affecting both physical performance and overall quality of life. The fear of re-injury or a similar accident can create a sense of vulnerability.

Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy is a body-led process that can restore our system back to baseline. Reducing endogenous opioids that accompany dissociation can increase mental clarity and improve physical energy. I have processed several accidents using this method and experienced positive effects.