The Role of Psychological Flexibility in Injury Rehabilitation

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

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Jessica J. DeGaetanoKean University

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Andrew T. WolaninKean University

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Donald R. MarksKean University

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Shiloh M. EastinKean University

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The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of psychosocial factors and psychological flexibility on rehabilitation protocol adherence in a sample of injured collegiate athletes. Self-report measures were given to injured athletes before the start of a physical rehabilitation protocol. Upon completion of rehabilitation, each athlete was assessed by the chief athletic trainer using a measure of rehabilitation adherence. Correlational analyses and bootstrapped logistic regression analyses were conducted to determine whether broad psychosocial factors and level of psychological flexibility predicted engagement and adherence to a rehabilitation protocol. Psychological flexibility, as measured on the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (2nd ed.; Bond et al., 2011), contributed significantly to the overall logistic regression model. Study findings suggested that assessment of psychological flexibility could give medical providers a way to evaluate both quickly and quantitatively potentially problematic behavioral responding among injured athletes, allowing for more effective adherence monitoring.

Jessica J. DeGaetano, Andrew T. Wolanin, Donald R. Marks (Editor of JCSP), and Shiloh M. Eastin are at Kean University.

Address author correspondence to Jessica J. DeGaetano at mccarthy.jessica@gmail.com.
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