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The psychological aspects of sports injury

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For many people sport is a way of life, so imagine the emotional distress that a sports injury can bring when it restricts someone's participation in sport. This free course, The psychological aspects of sports injury, examines the role of psychological factors in sports injury. You will look at both the psychological factors that can lead to a sports injury and the psychological reactions that a sports person can experience when injured. This course is for you if you have ever experienced a sports injury, if you work with injured athletes or if you have a general interest in the area.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • recognise the psychological factors that may potentially lead to a sports injury
  • understand psychological responses to sports injury
  • appreciate the role the sport psychology intervention can play in rehabilitation from injury.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 3 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 16th February 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Sport and Fitness
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The psychological aspects of sports injury


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Sports injury is relatively common among sport and exercise participants, but what role does psychology play in it? To answer this question, this course will examine two areas: firstly, it will consider the psychological factors that may increase the likelihood of sustaining a sports injury, and secondly, it will consider psychological reactions to the incidence of a sports injury. The course will also examine how sport psychology can be used both to help minimise the risk of injury and to help people cope better with sports injury rehabilitation.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course E233 Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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