How Psychosocial Factors Influence Athletes' Responses to Injury
Additional research further supports these findings.
In line with the ethic of elite sport organizations (e.g., International Olympic Committee, 2009), high-intensity athlete (a) health and (b) sport training and performance are both central outcomes of concern in assessing the roles of psychology and socioculture in sport injury.Understanding the public health nature of the problem of sport injury involves definition and documentation. Although significant variability exists among definitions used for sport injury investigations, among their most common elements are that: (a) the injury was incurred while training for or competing in a sport, (b) medical care was sought, and (c) time loss from practice, training and/or competition occurred (Hootman et al., 2007).
Finally, the intermediate outcomes influence the outcomes of the rehabilitation, such as functional performance, quality of life after injury, satisfaction of the treatment, and readiness and desire to return to sport. A central role in this model is played by psychological factors; in fact they have a reciprocal relationship with biological and socio-contextual factors, and with intermediate and final outcomes.
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