A browse through various media sources quickly reveals the high standard that many male athletes try to live up to. You’ll see sculpted abs, hairless bodies, bulging biceps and tanned Zeus-like figures on sportscasts, in magazines and all over the web.

However, there is a perception in sport that males do not experience body image issues. This is false: according to several studies, upwards of 83% of male athletes were dissatisfied with their body.

Just as in females, body preoccupation among males can lead to eating disorders, steroid use, or reliance on supplementation, all of which can put the athlete’s health at risk.

BodySense aims to help male athletes understand the issues and the risks, and provides tools to help you build self-esteem and develop positive body image.