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Stephen Graef


Steve Graef, PhD is a licensed counseling psychologist in Ohio specializing in sport and performance, as well as common psychological illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and adjustment. He received his Bachelors in Psychology at The Ohio State University and completed both his masters and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron.

A former student-athlete himself, Steve recognizes the important role that psychology has in sport and performance, as well as in mental and physical well-being.

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Psychology of Injury

Presented by Stephen Graef, PhD

Psychology of Injury

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As a physical therapist or physical medicine provider, helping individuals overcome the psychological implications of injury should be a top priority in your practice. Because of the intimate relationship between physical and mental health, the psychology of injury may be one of the more important topics covered in your curriculum and one of the most applicable in your clinical work. This course will guide you through various aspects of the psychology of injury by presenting case-based lectures, question and answer sessions, and learning assessments that illustrate both the theoretical groundings of injury response and recovery and how you, the clinician, can work through these concerns to support the optimal mental health of your injured athletes.

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Peak Performance and Psychology of Performance

Presented by Stephen Graef, PhD

Peak Performance and Psychology of Performance

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How do you define performing? We often view performing only as the performance that exists in a competitive nature or when there is a defined situation as in dance or acting. However, one could argue that we all perform every day in our jobs, homes, and lives. We can also view the process of injury rehabilitation as performance demand for many of our patients. Sports therapists have the unique opportunity to aid their patients in meeting the performance demands associated with effective rehabilitation. The purpose of this course is to identify and introduce the psychological aspect of performance and conversely, the anxiety that occurs when performance goes awry. This course focuses on strategies and interventions that are aimed on leveraging, if not enhancing, the mental aspect of physical rehab as well as the mental aspect of performance and how it relates to physical rehabilitation and recovery. Join Dr. Stephen Graef as he unpacks the complexities of sports performance through lectures, question and answer sessions, and informative graphics.

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Common Mental Health Concerns in Athletes

Presented by Stephen Graef, PhD

Common Mental Health Concerns in Athletes

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According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 1 in 5 individuals will experience a mental health condition this year, and 1 in 20 live daily with a serious mental health illness. Although individuals may display the symptoms of mental illness in slightly different ways, it is necessary for healthcare providers to be knowledgeable about several common signs and symptoms. This is certainly the case for physical therapists, coaches, and athletic trainers who may be on the front lines of their athletes' physical and mental wellbeing. As such, being aware of, recognizing, and knowing when to refer for psychological concerns is paramount in the job of such professionals. The purpose of today's session is to arm you, the physical health care professional, with the knowledge and tools necessary to recognize when someone might be experiencing a mental health condition and provide them with the proper support. This course will empower you to recognize, mediate, and refer individuals for psychological concerns.

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