Sport Physiotherapists' Perceptions of Psychological Strategies in Sport Injury Rehabilitation

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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Context:

Recent literature has focused on the role of physiotherapists in addressing psychological sequelae of sport injury and rehabilitation.

Objective:

The study investigated sports physiotherapists' views of psychological characteristics that distinguished athletes who cope well with injury from those who cope poorly. Physiotherapists' opinions on the role of psychological skills in rehabilitation were also examined.

Design:

A questionnaire-based study.

Participants:

Participants were 150 physiotherapists who had completed, or were completing, a postgraduate sports physiotherapy program.

Main Outcome Measures:

The test instrument used was the Sports Physiotherapists' Views on Psychological Strategies questionnaire (adapted from Wiese et al1).

Results:

The physiotherapists reported communication skills, a positive attitude, intrinsic motivation, and realistic goal setting as important aspects of effective rehabilitation.

Conclusions:

The findings are discussed in relation to physiotherapists' roles in addressing basic psychological aspects of injury.

Alana Ninedek is with the Department of Physiotherapy, Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Victoria 3181, Australia. Gregory S. Kolt is with the Faculty of Health Studies at Auckland University of Technology, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1020 New Zealand. Address correspondence to Gregory Kolt.

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