It is widely accepted that psychosocial factors can have an influencing role in sports injury risk and the rehabilitation process. The ability of an athlete to effectively cope with elevated stress can determine injury rate and affect rehabilitation outcomes. Sports injury rehabilitation represents a period of time in an athlete’s life where heightened stress levels are the ‘norm’, and one where the athlete is increasingly reliant on others to help them manage these stressors. Sports injury practitioners are ideally placed to provide quality social support to injured athletes. This article will review the role of social support within sports injury rehabilitation to raise awareness and stimulate reflection on our current practice with injured athletes.
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Dale Forsdyke MSc, MSST, MSMA is a senior lecturer in sport injury management at York St John University and a practising sports therapist within elite female football. He has dual professional body status with the Society of Sports Therapists (SST) and Sports Massage Association (SMA), and has completed MSc qualifications in both sport science, and sports therapy.
Dale has previously written sports therapy programmes and has co-authored the book Foundation in Sports Therapy. He is currently undertaking a PhD examining the psychosocial factors influencing sport injury rehabilitation outcomes, and has a range of publications based on this topic.
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Dr. Adam Gledhill (PhD, MSc, PGCE, FHEA, MBASES) is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including: Sport and Exercise Sciences; Sport and Exercise Therapy; Strength and Conditioning; and Sport and Exercise Medicine. His main teaching foci are based around the psychology of sports injury and rehabilitation; applied sport psychology; multidisciplinary perspectives in athlete care and development; professional practice; and research development.
Adam completed his MSc in Sport and Exercise Science in 2003, has achieved a portfolio of vocational qualifications in sports injuries and massage, and in 2016 completed his PhD in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University examining psychosocial factors associated with talent development in UK female youth football.
Adam has extensive experience of sports therapy, sport and exercise science, and sports coaching qualification development; has experience of providing sport science support to a range of athletes in different sports; and has authored a number of sports therapy, sport science, and sports coaching focussed textbook chapters, peer-reviewed articles, professional practice papers, blogs and conference presentations.
For correspondence please email Adam.Gledhill@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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