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

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4 Reflection: What can you do to support an injured person?

As you near the end of this course, this section provides an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned about the psychological aspects of injury, and what you can do to support an injured person.

Two female footballers sit on a long wooden bench.
Figure 4 You can play an important role in supporting an injured athlete

Activity 4 Self-reflection

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Using the following questions as prompts, reflect on how what you have learned on this course will affect your future practice:

  • will your interactions with any injured athletes or exercise participants change as a result of studying this course? If so, in what way?
  • what actions might you now take to help prevent sport injury?
  • what actions might you take to help individuals going through sport injury rehabilitation?
  • what are the key lessons you have learned about the psychological aspects of sport injury?
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Reflecting like this is a useful way to consider how what you have learned in this course can be applied to your everyday life. Hopefully, the course has led you to consider the psychological aspects of injury rather than just the physical aspects of injury.

You may have reflected on how you can integrate more sport psychology into your practice in your professional role (e.g. coach, instructor, sports therapist), or you may have thought about the need to include a sport psychologist into your professional network.

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