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