Jeffrey Bond, former head of the Sport Psychology Department at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, has coined a term for the reckless behavior by many professional athletes: pedestal syndrome. In an issue of The Sporting Mind, Bond describes pedestal syndrome in detail. His article starts on page 6 of this PDF.
In an article in Stuff.co.nz, he says elite male athletes by nature tend to be aggressive, egotistical, impulsive, risk-taking and anti-authority.
“I think that football clubs not only want to recruit those people but they want to develop those attributes because they’re the sort of people that win you games,” he said.
“I think it’s just the nature of male contact team sports – you’re always going to recruit or inadvertently help develop people who will behave in poor ways,” he said.