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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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.
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.
As practitioners we all have a range of modalities and tools to treat sport injuries, but how many of us use psychosocial skills to facilitate holistic recovery? There is a growing perspective that sports injury practitioners should be able to use basic psychosocial interventions with athletes as they are usually present immediately after the injury has taken place, and at the time when the levels of pain and confusion experienced by the athlete are at their worst. This article aims to increase knowledge of psychosocial interventions that can be used with injured athletes and provide some basic strategies to be considered in the day-to-day management of sports injury rehabilitation to improve practice.
The idea of a holistic approach to sports injury prevention and recovery is nothing new. This article provides a review of the psychology of sports injury risk, response and recovery. It is hoped this will provoke thought and raise awareness about the psychology of sports injury leading to more effective preventative strategies being adopted and more successful rehabilitation outcomes from sports injury.
Our brains are constantly being remodelled in response to our movement and pain experiences. This article seeks to highlight the neural mechanisms involved in this neuroplastic remodelling, as these processes are vital for therapists to understand. We will look at how we can start to target the cortical representations of the physical parts of the body within our cerebral cortex and the research, science and techniques behind the process.
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