Psychosocial aspects of sport injury: An athlete-centered approach

Monna Arvinen-Barrow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Damien Clement, West Virginia University, USA
Megan Granquist, University of La Verne, USA
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


Surveys across the world (e.g., Conn, Annest & Gilchirst, 2003; Kujala, Taimela et al., 1995; Uitenbroek, 1996) indicate that participation in sport and physical activity related activities can have both social and economical toll on individuals’ overall health. Research has also indicated addressing both physical and psychosocial aspect of injury is essential in ensuring an individual’s safe return to back to sport. Given the role of sport and physical activity participation in maintaining life-long physical and mental well-being, the purpose of this symposium is to discuss the process of psychosocial sport injury rehabilitation from an athlete-centered perspective. The first presentation will discuss the importance of considering injured athletes’ readiness to engage in rehabilitation related activities. It will also discuss how sport injury rehabilitation can be likened to a process of behavior change, and as such, will apply the Transtheoretical model (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983) to injury rehabilitation. To further facilitate an athlete-centered approach, the second presentation will move away from viewing injury rehabilitation from an injury/illness perspective and move toward a more positive “injury rehabilitation as a performance” perspective. The presentation will argue that viewing the rehabilitation process as an extension of sporting performance, rather than a “set-back” may help athletes maintain their motivation throughout rehabilitation, thus enhancing rehabilitation adherence and overall rehabilitation outcomes. The third presentation will discuss the positionality of the injured athlete, sport medicine team members, and significant others in the rehabilitation process. It will be argued that for successful rehabilitation, it is imperative to place the athlete at the center and consider roles, responsibilities and relationships between those involved in the rehabilitation. The final presentation will share novel, evidence-based methods of incorporating modern technology (e.g., mobile phones, iPods, iPads, and other tablet devices) into the delivery of personalized, athlete-centered psychosocial sport injury rehabilitation.

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