Exploring the psychological aspects of sport injury
Exploring the psychological aspects of sport injury

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Session 2: A holistic approach to sport injury

Introduction

As you explored in the previous session, sport injury is not an exclusively physical experience – it also has a psychological component and psychological factors can influence both injury risk and injury outcomes. Similarly, sport injury doesn’t just affect the injured person – there are several people around them that can also be affected. These might be professionals in charge of supporting the individual or they may be family, friends or team mates.

An injured woman sits on a tennis court, and the other player tends to her ankle.
Figure 1 The people around the injured athlete are important

In this session you will explore the team around the injured person and how they can work together to prevent injury and/or ensure that the individual progresses smoothly through their injury experience. In doing this, you will explore the biopsychosocial approach to sport injury and consider the roles of those around the injured athlete or exercise participant.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • understand the biopsychosocial approach to sport injury
  • recognise the importance of multidisciplinary teams in supporting the injured person
  • be aware of professional boundaries in providing sport psychology support.

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