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Susan J. Schwenz

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Jennifer Bricker Bone and Mary D. Fry

Objective:

To determine whether athletes’ perceptions of social support from their certified athletic trainers (ATCs) were related to their beliefs about the rehabilitation process.

Design:

Division I athletes (N = 57) completed a survey including measures of social support and beliefs about rehabilitation.

Participants:

Division I college athletes (35 men, 22 women) who had sustained an injury that caused them to miss no less than 5 consecutive days.

Measurements:

The Social Support Survey (SSS) and the Sports Injury Rehabilitation Beliefs Survey (SIRBS).

Results:

Results revealed significant correlations between the SSS and the SIRBS scales only for athletes who had sustained severe injuries. Multiple-regression analyses revealed that the SSS scales were significant predictors of each of the SIRBS scales.

Conclusions:

Results suggest that when severely injured athletes perceive that their ATCs provide strong social support, they are more likely to believe in their rehabilitation programs.

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Rebecca M. Steins, Gordon Bloom, and Jeffrey Caron

Concussions result in a multitude of somatic, cognitive, and/or emotional symptoms as well as physical and behavior changes and disturbances in balance, cognition, and sleep. Moreover, some concussed athletes can experience these symptoms, changes, and disturbances for extended periods of time. This qualitative study explored the coping skills used by five female university athletes who suffered persistent concussion symptoms for more than 6 weeks. Our analysis of the interview data indicated that the athletes used emotion-focused coping strategies, such as avoidance and acceptance, throughout their recovery. In addition, the lack of perceived control over their injuries, a lack of a symptom-specific treatment protocol, and the type of social support they received influenced their coping abilities. These results add to the limited, yet growing, body of literature on the psychology of sport-related concussions, particularly with respect to identifying the types of resources that athletes may use to cope and manage concussion symptoms.

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Sinéad O’Keeffe, Niamh Ní Chéilleachair, and Siobhán O’Connor

Context: Participating in Gaelic football provides a wealth of benefits, but a risk of musculoskeletal injury also exists. Injury is associated with physical consequences, including pain, discomfort, loss of function, time absent from school/sport, and considerable medical expenses, along with placing undue pressure on emergency services and hospital staff. Concurrent psychological consequences, such as fear avoidance, can also occur, causing psychological distress. There is a current dearth of available research examining the psychology of injury in male adolescent Gaelic footballers. Objective : To examine fear avoidance postinjury in male adolescent Gaelic footballers, the effect of pain, time loss, injury severity, and previous injury on the extent of fear avoidance, and the usefulness of a modified Athlete Fear Avoidance Questionnaire (AFAQ) as a screening tool for predicting injury. Design: Prospective cohort study. Setting: Recreational clubs. Participants: A total of 97 male adolescent club Gaelic footballers (13.4 [1.1] y). Interventions: Musculoskeletal injuries sustained during participation in Gaelic football, defined as any injury sustained during training or competition causing restricted performance or time lost from play, were assessed and recorded weekly by a certified athletic and rehabilitation therapist. Injuries requiring time loss from participation were classed as time-loss injuries. Injury characteristics that included type, nature, location, severity, and pain were recorded. Main Outcome Measures: Injured players completed the AFAQ, a measure of injury-related fear avoidance following injury assessment (AFAQ1). With time-loss injuries, the AFAQ was completed again (AFAQ2) prior to return to play. Modified AFAQ was completed at baseline. Results: Twenty-two injuries were recorded during the season with fear avoidance evident postinjury that significantly decreased before returning to play. Fear avoidance postinjury was higher in those with greater pain but time loss, injury severity, and previous injury did not significantly affect the extent of fear avoidance. Baseline fear avoidance did not predict injury. Conclusions: Psychological rehabilitation is recommended for managing postinjury psychological distress in male adolescent Gaelic footballers.

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Justine J. Reel

, and disseminates applied research findings. Some examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to, psychology of injury, eating disorders, exercise and mental health, and substance use disorders. JCSP highlights the clinical application of research findings in direct psychological service

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Justine J. Reel

not limited to, psychology of injury, eating disorders, exercise and mental health, and substance use disorders. This journal highlights the clinical application of research findings within direct psychological service delivery spanning a wide range of clients and settings. JCSP recognizes the

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Andrew P. Friesen

Interpersonal dynamics 10 Therapeutic skills 10 Emotions and stress 6 Psychology of injury 6 Mental health 4 Research and methodologies 4 Cultural sport psychology 2 History of sport psychology 2 Biographies 1 Educational psychology 1 Motor control 1 Neuropsychology 1 Sensation and perception 1 Talent

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Monna Arvinen-Barrow, Kelsey DeGrave, Stephen Pack, and Brian Hemmings

widely accepted psychology of injury model ( Wiese-Bjornstal et al., 1998 ) was published in the late 1990’s, it is no surprise that existing explanatory career transition models ( Stambulova, 2003 ; Taylor & Ogilvie, 1994 ) may not be adept to explain the bi-directional cyclical process of cognitive

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Susanna Kola-Palmer, Samantha Buckley, Gabrielle Kingston, Jonathan Stephen, Alison Rodriguez, Nicole Sherretts, and Kiara Lewis

. PubMed ID: 1593914 10.1097/00005650-199206000-00002 Watson , J.C. ( 2006 ). Student-athletes and counseling: Factors influencing the decision to seek counseling services . College Student Journal, 40 ( 1 ), 35 – 43 . Williams , J.M. ( 2001 ). Psychology of injury risk and prevention . In R

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Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, Leslee A. Fisher, and Scott B. Martin

, 2012 ; Hill et al., 2005 ). The external auditor was chosen because of expertise and experience in sport psychology, psychology of injury, and qualitative research, as well as previous experience serving as a CQR external auditor. The research team then met to consensually construct a thematic table