Title

Collegiate Athletes' Psychological Responses to Season-ending Versus Career-ending Injury

Date of Award

5-2016

Document Type

Masters Project

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Jamie Shapiro

First Committee Member

Taryn Brandt

Keywords

Athletes, season-ending injury, career-ending injury, coping skills, psychological responses

Abstract

Although sport popularity and involvement differ between countries, injury occurrence is consistent globally. Previously, athletes recovering from a season-ending or career-ending injury have received similar treatment throughout the rehabilitation process regardless of the different psychological responses as a result of each injury type. This study examined group differences between athletes experiencing season-ending and career-ending injuries. Ninety former and current collegiate-level athletes provided information via a retrospective survey regarding the athletes’ response to injury severity, use of coping skills, social and emotional influences, interpretation of injury, posttraumatic growth, and perceived benefits of injury. Significant differences between the two groups were found for several coping techniques and posttraumatic growth. Exploring these disparities between athletes who suffer season-ending versus careerending injuries will help applied practitioners better understand how athletes cope with injury and therefore facilitate a more holistic recovery.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

33 pages

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS