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Psychosocial antecedents and the occurrence of sport injury among competitive athletes
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Sport Health and Physical activity.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0990-4842
2009 (English)In: Congrè€s International de Psychologie du Sport, Vincennes, 1-3 juillet 2009: Actes, Paris: Institut National du Sport, de l'Expertise et de la Performance (INSEP) , 2009, p. 123-123Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Accumulated research over the last decade has focused on psychosocial variables and its influence on injury vulnerability and resiliency. Researchers have generally found that individuals who have experienced many recent stressors and who did not have the personal resources and skills to cope with the stressors were most at risk for injuries. In this study psychosocial risk factors related to the occurrence of sport injuries for athletes were studied. Sixty competitive athletes, who earlier had received a moderate or severe injury, were interviewed. In 16 of the cases (26%) there was a potential connection between psychosocial events and the occurrence of a sport injury accident among the injured athletes. The psychosocial event occurred between 1-14 days prior to accident. The mean age of the study group was 20.8 years, including 9 men and 7 women representing 13 team and 3 individual sports. Knee and foot injuries dominated, and the average rehabilitation time was about 30 weeks. Twenty-five different psychosocial antecedents were identified through a deductive and inductive content analysis. A majority of the antecedents (76%) were related to history of stressors such as work related worry, start of a new and demanding education and a recent change of sport club and/or trainers. Most of the injuries seem to be connected to general stress and worry in life outside the sports world. In conclusion, it is vital for coaches and leaders in sport to understand the near relationship between psychosocial stressors and the occurrence of injury. A holistic perspective on preventive issues has potential to significantly decrease injury occurrence in sport.

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Paris: Institut National du Sport, de l'Expertise et de la Performance (INSEP) , 2009. p. 123-123
Keywords [en]
psychosocial risk factors, sport injuries, athletes
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-4799OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-4799DiVA, id: diva2:324834
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International Congress of Sport Psychology (CIPS), Vincennes, France, 1-3 July, 2009
Available from: 2010-06-16 Created: 2010-06-16 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved

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