- Health-Related Pathologies in America’s Favorite Spectator Sports
- Medical Privacy Concerns at the NFL Combine
- Performance Enhancements: Legal, Illicit, and Illegal
- Reasonable Accommodations/Modifications for Elite Athletes with Mental and Physical Disabilities
Sportpathologies.com is based in part on research for a series of books focusing on behaviors, controversies, and scandals that undermine America’s favorite spectator sports. The website materials and books are written for a general sports audience, but should be of interest to journalists, academics, and experts.
The first book is entitled The Athlete’s Dilemma: Sacrificing Health for Wealth and Fame (Rowman & Littlefield June 2017). For more information, visit sportpathologies.com/theathlete’sdilemma. Rowman & Littlefield is accepting pre-orders at
What others are saying about The Athlete’s Dilemma
Harold J. Bursztajn, MD: neuro-psychiatric expert and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School:
John Parry has written a wonderfully readable tour de force… on the dangers of athletic… competition… [T]here is an all too steep and slippery slope from narcissistic to neurological injury… A must read for… experts…fans, athletes and parents.
Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans & Author of How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan (2015)
The Athlete’s Dilemma… builds a compelling case that numerous health-related crises are impacting our athletes… due to a combination of laissez-fair approach to the sports industry…and win-at-all-costs and profit-at-all-costs ethos. The result is… indeed pathological.
Fred Bowen, Washington Post Sports Columnist for Kids
John Parry asks [important] questions about our favorite spectator sports… Questions about injuries, concussions and how professional athletes and big-time college players are treated
Mark H. Anshel, Professor Emeritus, Middle Tennessee State University, Author of In Praise of Failure: The Value of Overcoming Mistakes in Sports and Life (2016)
John Parry has written an insightful and revealing expose about … [the]treatment of athletes during and after their sports career[s]… Parry does an excellent job of exposing… [the]costs and consequences to… athlete’s short-term and long-term health.