Interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment of phobic disturbances in the context of of physical activity and sport: presentation of a case of physical stress phobia

Fernando Gimeno Marco

Francisco José Sarasa Oliván

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Gimeno Marco, F., & Sarasa Oliván, F. J. (2003). Interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment of phobic disturbances in the context of of physical activity and sport: presentation of a case of physical stress phobia. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 74, 6-12.

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Abstract

In this work we analyse the problems in the sport practice and, particularly, the conditioned anxiety problems. In this way, we present the interdisciplinary –doctor and psychologist– treatment of a phobic problem related with internal physical stress signals in a young athlete. We used a combined assessment methodology with “functional analyse behaviour” and medicine tests like cardiology and respiratory tests in quite and in effort situations. We designed and applied a treatment using in vivo graduated exposure technique, auto-instructional technique and arousal control techniques. Treatment was effective and after 13 interventions, during 24 weeks, the athlete developed a normal life and a normal sport activity. After 9 months this results were maintained.

Keywords: Arousal Control Techniques, Auto-Instructional Technique, In Vivo Graduated Exposure Technique, Physical Stress Phobia, Psicología del Deporte, Sport Medicine, Sport Psychology.

ISSN: 2014-0983

Published: October 01, 2003