Skip to content
Skip to main content

About this free course


Download this course

Share this free course

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

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

4 Relaxation techniques and sport injury rehabilitation

Individuals can experience stress and anxiety when they sustain a sport injury. This stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on motivation, adherence and rehabilitation outcomes. So, any technique that can reduce stress and anxiety may have a positive impact on the rehabilitation process.

A photograph of a gentle wave washing up on the sand.
Figure 5 Relaxation can aid sport injury rehabilitation

Relaxation techniques can help to ease the stress and anxiety that may be a consequence of injury. They can also help to relieve tension in the injured area, which may allow a therapist to treat the injury more effectively.

You will now explore a range of relaxation techniques. All these techniques have the potential to induce what is known as a ‘relaxation response’. The relaxation response is characterised by physiological responses that include decreased heart rate, respiration rate, oxygen consumption and muscle activation, and increased alpha brainwaves (Cox, 2007).