Mobile therapies: An evidence-based approach to athlete care

Jennifer Jordan Hamson-Utley, Weber State University, USA

Theme: Injury/trauma/rehabilitation

Program ID: SYM-06

Presentation: October 3, 2013 8:15 am - 9:30 am

Room: Oak Alley


With the aim of providing athlete-centered care and facilitating the relationship between the athlete and the professionals working with them, practitioners are often required to deviate from traditional methods of service delivery. Research has shown that e-Therapies can work and are sought out by many patient populations for different reasons (U.S. Department of Health & Human services, 2009). To add to this, research on stress and counseling shows that writing about the stress is as effective as talking about it (Greenberg & Stone, 1992); and in some studies, patients have reported that they wouldn’t talk about it (the stress), however, they could write in a blog or email about the event (Greenberg et al., 1996). This session will present and discuss current theory and evidence on the use of mobile phones, iPods, iPads, and other tablet devices in the delivery of psychosocial care. This is important as trends in the patient population suggest this type of intervention fits best with their lifestyle (Epstein, 2011) and provides a way to receive therapies in modes they prefer (Sucala et al., 2012). Moreover, it will provide evidence-based practice guidelines on the implementation of e-Therapies in the form of mobile applications, and will consider gender, diversity and multicultural aspects of care. Specific to mobile therapies, iTunes will be utilized to lead participants on hand-held iPad devices to Internet resources that are both low-cost and effective, avoiding the ineffective applications by learning how to evaluate usefulness and valid tools. Whether used to educate (Donavan et al., 2011) or to collect data on progress and use of therapy regimens (Cohn et al., 2011), technology plays a vital role in optimizing athlete care.

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