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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Psychological Recovery from Athletic Injury:A Review of the Research and Best Practices

The restoration of structural damage to the body is the primary focus of rehabilitation from athletic injury. Another critical component of recovery is psychological, however this aspect is often overlooked. Research suggests that injured athletes may experience a range of emotional responses, such as uncertainty, loss, frustration, isolation, fear of re-injury, and low confidence (e.g., Walker, Thatcher, & Lavallee, 2007). Gould, Udry, Bridges, and Beck (1997) reported that the psychological factors from injury can be more detrimental to the recovery process than those that are physical. Wjese-Bjornstal (2010) suggests that response to injury depends on perception, which makes the psychological recovery from injury unique to the individual. Fortunately, with proper knowledge and training, professionals like Certified Athletic Trainers can assist in the psychological recovery of athletes. The purpose of this presentation is to review the relevant research and highlight best practices for effectively managing the psychological recovery from athletic injury.

Presenter: Rebecca DeMario (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.