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1st Edition

The Psychology of Sports Injury
From Risk to Retirement

ISBN 9780367028695
Published March 25, 2021 by Routledge
238 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Psychology of Sports Injury: From Risk to Retirement provides a critical overview of the psychology of sports injury, covering the 5Rs of sports injury: risk, response, rehabilitation, return to sport and retirement.

Drawing on a range of expert international perspectives from the fields of sport psychology and sport and exercise medicine, The Psychology of Sports Injury covers the psychological considerations associated with sports injuries, prior to the onset of injury through to supporting athletes with post-injury retirement. In addition to this injury lifespan perspective, the book features special interest topics including anterior cruciate ligament injury, sport-related concussion, spinal cord injury and the role of coaches in achieving athlete and team medical outcomes. Additionally, case studies provide the opportunity to apply learning from each chapter.

By covering the sports injury journey from risk factors to retirement and including athlete mental health during sports injury, The Psychology of Sports Injury is an essential text for students, instructors, and practitioners in sports psychology, sport and exercise medicine and other related fields.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The role of psychology in sports injury risk and injury risk reduction

Adam Gledhill and Dale Forsdyke

1. The injury prone athlete: Psychosocial risk factors in sports injury

Urban Johnson

2. Prevention is better than cure: The role of psychological interventions in sports injury risk reduction

Andreas Ivarsson

Part 2: Psychological responses to sports injury

Adam Gledhill and Dale Forsdyke

3. Personal and situational factors affecting psychological response to sport injuries

Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal

4. The downside of sports injury: poor mental health in injured athletes

Adam Gledhill

5. The upside of sports injury and disability: Personal growth following adversity

Chris Hammer, Leslie Podlog and Adam Gledhill

Part 3: Enhancing sports injury rehabilitation experiences for injured athletes

Adam Gledhill and Dale Forsdyke

6. Believe in your ability to create change: Psychosocial factors influencing sports injury rehabilitation adherence

Adam Gledhill and Andreas Ivarsson

7. Are you a buffer or an amplifier?: The role of social support in the effective return to sport following injury

Dale Forsdyke

8. Seeing is believing: Imagery use during injury rehabilitation

Adam Gledhill and Dale Forsdyke

9. Does it pay to pay attention? Making a case for mindfulness-based approaches in injury rehabilitation

Adam Gledhill

Part 4: The role of psychology in understanding return and non-return to sport decisions

Adam Gledhill and Dale Forsdyke

10. Is my athlete REALLY ready to return to sport? Psychological factors and returning to sport following injury

Dale Forsdyke

11. They think it’s all over: Injury-related retirement in sport

Adam Gledhill

Section 5: Special interests in sports injury

Adam Gledhill and Dale Forsdyke

12. The psychological aspect of anterior cruciate ligament injuries

Kate Webster

13. ""It’s my concussion story, and I want it to be heard": Understanding the psychology of concussion experience

Osman Hassan Ahmed, Eric E. Hall, Caroline J. Ketcham

14. Spinal cord injury and sport

Toni Louise Williams

15. "But I need you to play": Coach influences on athlete and team medical outcomes

Adam Gledhill

16. The coffee break to close the book…Where do we go from here?

Adam Gledhill and Dale Forsdyke

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Adam Gledhill is Course Director in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Leeds Beckett University, UK. He is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist. Dr. Gledhill is the Deputy Chair of the BASES Division of Psychology and developed the psychology of sports injury and rehabilitation standards for the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers Education Framework.

Dale Forsdyke is Senior Lecturer in Sports Injury Management at York St John University, UK and a Society of Sports Therapists Accredited Sports Therapist. Dale is an experienced educator and practitioner, with 20 years’ experience of teaching on sports injury related courses, research interests in psychological factors and return to sport outcomes, and over 10 years’ experience as an injury practitioner across a range of sports.