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

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1 Coping with sport injury

Sport injury rehabilitation can be negatively influenced by psychological factors. Consequently, putting in place interventions to help people cope with injury can enhance the rehabilitation process. In the next activity you will explore athlete experiences of coping with injury.

Activity 1 How sports stars cope with injury

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Watch the video below which is a news item discussing how athletes cope with injury. As you watch, make a note of the factors and strategies the athletes say helped them to cope with injury.

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Discussion

The video provides more evidence of how difficult it can be for a sports performer to cope with injury and the importance of psychological intervention. The athletes in the video point towards the importance of the two interventions you are going to explore in this session. For example, Kyle Brown (rugby player) talks about the need to set realistic rehabilitation goals, and JP Duminy (cricketer) talks about the role of social support when stating the importance of receiving ‘support of family, friends and team mates’.