Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols

Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols

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personal demons that often accompany a headlong drive to succeed. An evenhanded and honest look at athletes who have faltered, Teitelbaum's work helps us see past our sports stars' exalted image into what that image-and its frailty-says about our society and ourselves. Book jacket.
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 as well as 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 can contribute to their downfall: the adulation of fans and obsessive attention of the media and the distorted self-image and
these sports heroes who seem to have it all also seem, increasingly, to have a superhuman proclivity for self-destruction?
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, when off the field, our sports heroes lose: their perspective, their balance, 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 so many star athletes' precipitous fall from grace. Why, he asks, do
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2005
ISBN: 0803244452 (cloth : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 796.01 TEI
Characteristics: xiii, 283 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fallen idols

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