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The Psychology of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation

1st Edition

Edited by Monna Arvinen-Barrow, Natalie Walker


210 pages

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Athletes routinely use psychological skills and interventions for performance enhancement but, perhaps surprisingly, not always to assist in recovery from injury. This book demonstrates the ways in which athletes and practitioners can transfer psychological skills to an injury and rehabilitation setting, to enhance recovery and the well-being of the athlete.

Drawing on the very latest research in sport and exercise psychology, this book explores key psychological concepts relating to injury, explaining typical psychological responses to injury and psychological aspects of rehabilitation. Using case studies in every chapter to highlight the day-to-day reality of working with injured athletes, it introduces a series of practical interventions, skills and techniques, underpinned by an evidence-base, with a full explanation of how each might affect an athlete’s recovery from injury.

The Psychology of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation emphasises the importance of an holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to sports injury and rehabilitation. No other book examines the psychological aspects of both sports injury and the rehabilitation process, and therefore this is an essential resource for students, scholars and practitioners working in sport psychology, sports therapy, sports medicine or coaching.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction to psychology of sport injuries: theoretical frameworks Chapter 1. Introduction to psychology of sport injuries 1 Chapter 2. Psychological antecedents to sport injury Chapter 3. Psychological responses to injury: A review and critique of psychological response to injury models Chapter 4.Psychological aspects of rehabilitation adherence Part 2 Psychological interventions in sport injury rehabilitation Chapter 5. Goal setting in sport injury rehabilitation Chapter 6. Imagery in sport injury rehabilitation Chapter 7. Relaxation techniques in sport injury rehabilitation Chapter 8. Self-talk in sport injury rehabilitation Chapter 9. Social support in sport injury rehabilitation Part 3 Delivering psychological interventions in sport injury rehabilitation Chapter 10. Integrating the psychological and physiological aspects of sport injury rehabilitation: Rehabilitation profiling and phases of rehabilitation Chapter 11. Sport medicine team influences in psychological rehabilitation: A multidisciplinary approach Chapter 12. Using a psychological model and counselling skills in sport injury rehabilitation Chapter 13. Psychology of physical activity related injuries Chapter 14. Conclusions and future directions

About the Editors


Monna Arvinen-Barrow is a British Psychological Society chartered psychologist working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. Monna has a number of peer reviewed publications in psychology of sport injuries and has taught psychology of sport injuries in the United Kingdom, United States and Finland.

Natalie Walker is a British Psychological Society chartered/Health and Care Professions Council registered psychologist working as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton, UK, and an Associate Lecturer at the Open University. Natalie has written a number of publications, as well as examining and supervising postgraduate/doctoral research in the area of psychology of sport injuries.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Sports Medicine
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sports Psychology