Why Do Athletes Remain Committed to Sport After Severe Injury? An Examination of the Sport Commitment Model

in The Sport Psychologist
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The purpose of this study was to examine athletes’ sources of commitment to return to sport following a severe injury using the Sport Commitment Model (Scanlan, Carpenter, Schmidt, Simons, & Keeler, 1993). To address this aim, ten varsity athletes from the University of the Philippines Diliman were interviewed following protocols outlined in the Scanlan Collaborative Interview Method (SCIM; Scanlan, Russell, Wilson, & Scanlan, 2003a). Results indicate that sport enjoyment, valuable opportunities, personal investments, social constraints, and social support were salient sources of commitment, while other priorities had either a neutral or positive effect on commitment. Furthermore, additional constructs were identified, in particular, wanting to be the best, self-affirmation, and contractual obligations. These merit further investigation and possible inclusion in the SCM. Findings are discussed in relation to previous research and practical implications are offered.

Iñigo is with the School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Podlog and Hall are with the Dept. of Exercise and Sport Science, Salt Lake City, UT. Address author correspondence to Leslie Podlog at les.podlog@utah.edu.

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