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

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Jamie Shapiro

Second Advisor

Taryn Brandt


Athletes, Season-ending injury, Career-ending injury, Coping skills, Psychological responses


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.

Publication Statement

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33 pages

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