Sport injury

Authored by: Leslie Podlog

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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Given sport psychology’s traditional focus on the development of performance enhancement principles, it is no surprise that injury − one of the greatest impediments to athletic performance − has become a topic of substantial investigation. In this chapter, I examine four broad questions that have guided the bulk of empirical inquiry: (1) Are there psychological factors that increase the likelihood of injury occurrence? (2) How do athletes respond to sport injury? (3) Are there psychosocial interventions that influence athletes’ injury rehabilitation? and (4) What are the psychosocial challenges associated with a return to competition following injury recovery? Contemporary research on head injury and concussion, spinal cord injury, and injury and career transitions is also highlighted. Future research directions and a summary conclusion are offered.

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