Using Solution-Focused Brief Counseling to Provide Injury Support

in The Sport Psychologist

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Susan M. GutkindUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Athletes at all levels of competition run the risk of becoming injured through their sport participation, and individuals who work closely with athletes during the rehabilitation process (e.g., coaches, athletic trainers, sport psychology consultants) may be called upon to provide mental and emotional support. One approach that seems well suited as a theoretical framework for injury support is solution-focused brief counseling (SFBC). In this paper, athletes’ responses to injury are outlined, and several roles of the consultant are identified. Then the basic tenets of SFBC are discussed, and an example showing how SFBC can be used in an injury support setting is provided.

The author graduated from the Health, PE, and Recreation Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Present E-mail:

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