Exercise dependence has been described as a ‘positive addiction’, but it canhave links with damaging dysfunctional and excessive behaviours, includingeating disorders. Clinical and sport psychologists now acknowledge thecondition and report that it can be found in both recreational exercisersand competitive athletes.This is the ﬁrst text to provide a comprehensive review of exercise depend-ence. The text contains case studies and reviews research in both ‘exercise’and ‘sports’ contexts. The authors examine the condition in the widestsense, exploring different types of exercise dependence, risk factors associ-ated with the condition, the experiences and motivational characteristicsof sufferers, links with eating disorders, and a number of approaches tocounselling.This text will be of signiﬁcant interest to psychologists working in sport,health and clinical practice, as well as to athletes and sports coaches,particularly those involved in endurance sports associated with higherincidences of exercise dependence.
John H. Kerr
is Professor of Sport Psychology in the Faculty of Sport andPhysical Education, Kokushikan University, Japan.
Koenraad J. Lindner
is Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology, retired, fromthe University of Hong Kong, China.
has a PhD in Sports Psychology and is a senior researchanalyst for a commercial organization.11112345111678910111231114567892011112345111678930111123456789401111234445111