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

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5 Summary of Session 5

In this session you have explored some of the psychological reactions that may be experienced by someone who sustains a sport injury.

The main learning points from this session are:

  • Common reactions to sport injury include anger, frustration, fear, isolation, anxiety and low self-esteem.
  • Grief response models view a sport injury as a form of loss and suggest that all injured people will progress through the same progressive stages of grief in response to the injury.
  • Cognitive appraisal models suggest that reactions to a sport injury will depend on the individual’s cognitive appraisal of it and consequently accounts for individual differences between how people react to injury.
  • The Integrated model of psychological response to sport injury is a comprehensive model that is commonly used to explore response to injury.

In the next session, you will examine the impact that these psychological responses to sport injury have on injury rehabilitation and recovery.