Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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On the court and on the field they are the world's winners, exhibiting a natural grace and prowess their adoring fans can only dream about. Yet so often, off the field our sports heroes lose their perspective, their balance, and ultimately their place. In a work as timely as the latest fracas on the basketball court or the most recent drug-induced scandal in the dugout, Stanley H. Teitelbaum looks into the circumstances behind many star athletes' precipitous fall from grace. In his psychotherapy practice, Teitelbaum has worked extensively with professional athletes and sports agents-work he draws on here for insight into the psyche of sports figures and The off-the-field challenges they face. Considering both historical and current cases, he shows how, In many instances, The very factors that elevate athletes to superstardom contribute to their downfall. An evenhanded and honest look at athletes who have faltered, Teitelbaum's work helps us see past our sports stars' exalted images into what those images-and their frailty-say about our society and ourselves.

Author Biography

Stanley H. Teitelbaum is a practicing psychotherapist. He is faculty and senior supervisor at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and the Training Institute for Mental Health, both in New York, and the Contemporary Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Need for Heroesp. 1
The Psyche of the Athletep. 17
Baseball Gambling Scandalsp. 33
Football Gambling Scandalsp. 58
Basketball Gambling Scandalsp. 69
Self-Destructive Athletesp. 101
Athletes and Violence toward Womenp. 138
Athletes and Murderp. 178
Violence between Athletesp. 197
Athletes' Mental Health Problemsp. 220
Epiloguep. 240
Notesp. 249
Indexp. 265
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