Exercise Addiction: The Dark Side of Sports and Exercise

Tamás Kurimay, Mark D. Griffiths, Krisztina Berczik, Zsolt Demetrovics

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An optimal level of regular physical activity is one of the most important factors in the maintenance of physical and mental health. For a minority of people, too much exercise can have adverse effects on their health and lead to exercise addiction. Based on symptoms with diagnostic values, exercise addiction could potentially be classified within the category of behavioral addictions. Exercise addiction can be characterized by salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, personal conflict, and relapse. This chapter talks about definitions, symptomology, classification, assessment, epidemiology, comorbidity and etiology of exercise addiction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical Sports Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Perspective
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781118404881
Publication statusPublished - Apr 11 2013


  • Assessment
  • Comorbidity
  • Exercise addiction
  • Sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Kurimay, T., Griffiths, M. D., Berczik, K., & Demetrovics, Z. (2013). Exercise Addiction: The Dark Side of Sports and Exercise. In Clinical Sports Psychiatry: An International Perspective (pp. 33-43). John Wiley and Sons. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118404904.ch4