Collegiate rugby is a competitive, collision sport, yet insufficient empirical evidence exists regarding participants’ perspectives on pain and injury. This study addressed male and female rugby players’ experiences with injury, and their views about playing through pain and injury. Eleven rugby players (five male; six female) competing in USA Rugby’s National College 7’s tournament participated in semistructured interviews, which were recorded, transcribed, and content-analyzed. Two major themes emerged: passion for sport and sport ethic. Passion for sport was composed of (a) love of the sport, (b) meaning of the sport, and (c) desire to be on the field. Sport ethic included: (a) helping the team, (b) game time sacrifice, (c) personality, (d) minimize, and (e) accepted behavior. The researchers explain these findings and propose strategies for increasing future athletes’ understanding of the dangers associated with playing through pain, and confronting the currently accepted culture of risk.
Leilani Madrigal, Jamie Robbins, Diane L. Gill and Katherine Wurst
Expectations regarding pain tolerance are imbedded in the culture of sport, and bear heavily on pain and injury management. The athlete’s experience of pain is an encounter with core issues in the ethos of sport. As such, pain behavior not only influences performance but also is seen as defining character. This case study looks at the pain experience of a track and field athlete over a several-hour period from initial injury to stabilization, blending the perspective of athlete and sport psychologist. As the injury experience evolved, a complex set of interacting biological, psychological and social factors came into play, which alternately facilitated and inhibited the pain experience and which influenced action taken in response to pain.
Jarred Pilgrim, Peter Kremer and Sam Robertson
/SM budget that can be used to fund additional service provision. Such funding is self-prioritized by players, usually to cover the costs of sport science (i.e., biomechanical swing analysis) and injury management (i.e., physiotherapy) services (B. James, personal communication, November 14, 2017). This
Paul R. Ashbrook, Andrew Gillham and Douglas Barba
season (i.e., finished with a win) and areas of opportunity. Reinforced concepts that were heavily discussed. Continued improvement of routine. Also discussed practice strategies. Confidence continues to increase. Excited to keep building over remaining sessions and into summer. Continued work on injury