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

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6 Summary

In this session you have explored how goal setting and social support can be used during rehabilitation from sport injury.

The main learning points from this session are:

  • Psychological interventions can help people to cope with the challenges of sport injury.
  • Goal setting is an effective tool in sport injury rehabilitation.
  • There are three types of goal: outcome, performance and process goals.
  • Effective goal setting should adhere to the SMARTER principles and should include both short-term and long-term goals.
  • Social support can be provided by a wide range of people around an injured athlete.
  • Five broad categories of social support have been identified: emotional, technical, informational, tangible and motivational support.