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

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Session 5: Psychological responses to sport injury


I went through so many emotions after getting injured – anger, frustration, upset, disappointment … too many to name! It just felt like my whole world had ended.

(Lois, sprinter)

In this session you’ll be looking at psychological responses to an injury after it has occurred – from immediately after injury, right up until the individual returns to full fitness and returns to sport or exercise. You briefly touched on this in Session 1, but in the next few sessions you will investigate psychological responses more deeply.

As the quote from Lois demonstrates, sport injury can lead to various psychological responses. In this session you will explore the common psychological responses to injury and the frameworks used to explain them. The video below, featuring Caroline Heaney who is the author of this course, explains more.

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

  • understand the range of negative psychological responses to sport injury
  • be able to critically analyse models of psychological reaction to injury.

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