The Psychological Needs of Athletes During Injury, Rehabilitation, and Upon Return to Play
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With a growing popularity in athletics comes an increase in the amount of athletic injuries. Research shows that many athletes are not psychologically ready to participate in the rehabilitation process following an injury, nor are they ready to return to play following the rehabilitation process. This study used a confidence inventory to assess the psychological effects of injury on athletes at a small Midwestern college. The results suggested that most athletes, despite the lack of formal psychological intervention, regained their confidence after an injury and before returning to play. It is important to note that not all athletes regained confidence and that it is very important for athletic trainers and physical therapists to understand the psychological effects that injury can have, as well as ways to help athletes overcome these effects. Future research is necessary to further enhance these results.
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