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

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Session 8: How can goal setting and social support help injury rehabilitation?


In the previous session you examined how imagery, positive self-talk and relaxation strategies can be used to help people cope more effectively with sport injury. In this session you will explore two further intervention strategies – goal setting and social support. In Activity 1 of Session 7, Olympic Gold Medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh identified both of these as key strategies that she found useful to help her cope with sport injury.

A cartoon human brain running on a treadmill.
Figure 1 Goal setting and social support are techniques that can help injured athletes

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

  • understand how social support and goal setting can both enhance sport injury rehabilitation, and
  • identify different strategies for coping with sport injury.

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