Understanding the psychosocial challenges faced by youth athletes can be key to a successful return to competition following sports injury. This article extends other recent articles that have examined the salient role of psychology within sports injury risk, rehabilitation and return to competition (1) by providing an overview of some of the challenges of working with youth athletes as well as presenting some strategies that can be used to enhance the quality of rehabilitation outcomes. It is hoped that this will stimulate reflective practice and increase practitioner confidence in working with some of the psychosocial challenges presented by youth 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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