1 The psychological aspects of sports injury
Unfortunately, injury is a relatively common occurrence among sports participants (Timpka et al., 2005). It was estimated in the 1990s that 29.7 million sports injuries occur each year in the UK (Nicholl et al., 1995). That figure may well have now increased. Traditionally, the study of sports injury has focused on the physical aspects of injury. More recently, however, the psychological aspects of sports injury have also been considered.
The psychological aspects of sports injury can be split into two broad categories: psychological factors that may increase an athlete’s risk of developing an injury, and psychological reactions to sports injury and their impact. In this course we will consider both of these, as well as examining the role that sport psychology can play in the prevention and treatment of sports injuries.
We will use the case study of Jody, to help us explore each of these areas. We will begin the next section by finding out a little more about Jody.