Few studies have examined psychological and emotional processes in injury rehabilitation from a longitudinal, theoretically framed perspective.
This study explored the applicability of Reversal Theory to examine these processes.
University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK.
Three severely injured athletes; two were female (karate and judo) and one was male (hockey), aged 20 to 28.
Main Outcome Measures:
Fortnightly interviews after participant’s initial consultation with a sports therapist, until complete physical rehabilitation.
Supported the use of Reversal Theory in this context (eg, as a means of understanding the origins of athletes’ emotional responses to injury and changes in these responses throughout rehabilitation).
Suggestions for future research are made (eg, examining the consequences of emotional and metamotivational states for athlete behavior and recovery outcomes during rehabilitation).