No one wants to be injured. However, physically active people are likely to sustain some type of injury due to their involvement. National statistics reveal that about 10% of all emergency room visits are the result of injury due to exercise or sport. In children and adolescents, sport and exercise injuries account for one third to one half of all emergency room visits.
The more serious the injury, the more likely that person will have strong emotional reactions to that injury. These reactions include anger, fear, and feelings of helpfulessness. A CC-AASP can help injured exercisers and athletes adjust to their temporary reduction in physical activity. Using skills such as goal setting and imagery can help exercisers and athletes manage pain, adhere to rehabilitation protocols, and increase confidence upon return to full participation.
- With a Little Help From My Friends: Using Your Social Support Network When Dealing With Injury
- Thriving through Sport Injury
- Using the Mind to Heal the Body: Imagery for Injury Rehabilitation
- Mentally Preparing Athletes to Return to Play Following Injury
- How To Choose a Sport Psychology Consultant (PDF)
- AASP joins the STOP Sports Injuries