Injury Prevention in Sweden: Helping Soccer Players at Risk

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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  • 1 Halmstad University
  • 2 Victoria University
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This study examined the effectiveness of a prevention intervention program to lower the incidence of injury for soccer players with at-risk psychosocial profiles. The Sport Anxiety Scale, the Life Event Scale for Collegiate Athletes, and the Athletic Coping Skills Inventory-28 were used to screen for psychosocial risk factors outlined in the stress and injury model (Williams & Andersen, 1998). Thirty-two high injury-risk players were identified and randomly assigned to treatment and control groups. Injuries of participants were reported by their coaches. The intervention program consisted of training in 6 mental skills distributed in 6 to 8 sessions during 19 weeks of the competitive season. The results showed that the brief intervention prevention program significantly lowered the number of injuries in the treatment group compared with the control group.

School of Social and Health Sciences, Halmstad University, Box 823, SE-301, 18 Halmstad, Sweden

School of Human Movement, Recreation and Performance, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

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