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The Role of Psychological Flexibility in Injury Rehabilitation

Jessica J. DeGaetano, Andrew T. Wolanin, Donald R. Marks, and Shiloh M. Eastin

The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of psychosocial factors and psychological flexibility on rehabilitation protocol adherence in a sample of injured collegiate athletes. Self-report measures were given to injured athletes before the start of a physical rehabilitation protocol. Upon completion of rehabilitation, each athlete was assessed by the chief athletic trainer using a measure of rehabilitation adherence. Correlational analyses and bootstrapped logistic regression analyses were conducted to determine whether broad psychosocial factors and level of psychological flexibility predicted engagement and adherence to a rehabilitation protocol. Psychological flexibility, as measured on the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (2nd ed.; Bond et al., 2011), contributed significantly to the overall logistic regression model. Study findings suggested that assessment of psychological flexibility could give medical providers a way to evaluate both quickly and quantitatively potentially problematic behavioral responding among injured athletes, allowing for more effective adherence monitoring.

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The Role of Psychological Flexibility in Physical Activity Maintenance

Matthew Jenkins, Elaine A. Hargreaves, and Ken Hodge

mindfulness-based construct of psychological flexibility ( Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 2011 ) has been proposed as one such factor ( Butryn, Arigo, Raggio, Kaufman, Kerrigan, & Forman, 2015 ). Psychological flexibility is defined as “the ability to contact the present moment more fully as a conscious human

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Acting on Injury: Increasing Psychological Flexibility and Adherence to Rehabilitation

Laura Swettenham and Amy Whitehead

working harder than everyone else. As this case was my first time creating an intervention for an injured athlete, I took time to understand how my philosophy and experience would support James’ needs. Here, I explored research on the use of ACT and the impact of increased psychological flexibility on

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Acceptance and Commitment Training to Promote Psychological Flexibility in Ice Hockey Performance: A Controlled Group Feasibility Study

Tobias Lundgren, Gustaf Reinebo, Markus Näslund, and Thomas Parling

cognition ( Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, & Roche, 2001 ). ACT aims to promote psychological flexibility (PF) in order to help individuals to live in concordance with personal values and goals ( Hayes et al., 1999 ). PF is defined as persisting or changing actions towards chosen goals or values while consciously

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The Impact of Athletic Identity, Psychological Flexibility, and Value Consistent Living on the Mental Health and Well-Being of Retired Elite Rugby Players

Jacqueline Mooney, Andrew Bethell, Chris Wagstaff, and Ross White

; Williams et al., 2013 ). The current study aims to advance on the limited results of previous studies with former elite rugby players by investigating the outcomes of both subjective well-being and psychological distress. Psychological Flexibility A potentially important construct for understanding the

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Using an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach for Fear of (Re)Injury With a Competitive Figure Skater

Samuel Wood and Martin J. Turner

Kangas & McDonald, 2011 ). In ACT, the primary goal of the work is to promote psychological flexibility—the ability to fully connect with the present moment—accept thoughts, and change behavior based on chosen values ( Harris, 2019 ). To this end, ACT interventions focus on switching an athlete

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Rowing Over the Edge: Nonfunctional Overreaching and Overtraining Syndrome as Maladjustment—Diagnosis and Treatment From a Psychological Perspective

Daniel Birrer

constructive response to stress ( Hayes, 2004 ), which is supported by recent research ( Chang, Wu, Kuo, & Chen, 2018 ) suggesting that psychological flexibility prevents emotional exhaustion in subjects with high levels of athletic identity. References Abele-Brehm , A. , & Brehm , A. ( 1986 ). Zur

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Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Unhelpful Thinking Toward Body Image With an Elite Figure Skater

Samuel Wood and David Fletcher

, defusion and acceptance relate to separating thoughts and feelings, seeing them for what they are, and allowing them to come and go—to open up. Third, values and committed action involve initiating and sustaining life-enhancing action—or doing what matters. In this way, psychological flexibility can

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Erratum. Acting on Injury: Increasing Psychological Flexibility and Adherence to Rehabilitation

TO OUR READERS: An error appeared in the following article in its initial appearance online: Swettenham, L., & Whitehead, A. (2022). Acting on injury: Increasing psychological flexibility and adherence to rehabilitation. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 6 (1), 94–101. https

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Examining the Relationships Among Cognitive Acceptance, Behavioral Commitment, Autonomous Extrinsic Motivation, and Physical Activity

Matthew Jenkins, Elaine A. Hargreaves, and Ken Hodge

crucial in efforts to promote PA within the wider population ( Biddle & Nigg, 2000 ). Evidence also points to the processes of acceptance and commitment (derived from the larger construct of psychological flexibility), as being supports for long-term PA, which some researchers have ascribed to the