This article outlines a practical and evidence-based framework that shows individuals who support athletes how to promote positive responses to performance pressure. The ability to deal with pressure is one of the most important things an athlete can develop, and in this article I introduce, explain and practically demonstrate the concept of ‘tipping the balance’. This concept offers simple and effective strategies for enabling your athletes to react well to pressure, bringing together contemporary research evidence and practical experience. Use the certificated elearning assessment as proof of continuing professional development along with the group chat topics as a way of consolidating your understanding and sharing this knowledge with your colleagues.
This content consists of a 18 minute video presentation professionally produced and presented at the Fisic Conference 2015.
This content consists of a 11 minute video presentation professionally produced and presented at the Fisic Conference 2015.
We are all experts in how our own body feels but how does this come about and what happens to this when we're in pain? As a clinician you use specific assessment techniques to understand... Read More
If between 5.8-50% of people fail to attend clinic appointments, it's not difficult to imagine how few actually adhere to rehabilitation programmes and this has become one of the key challenges faced by health care practitioners. The pressures associated with returning patients to pain-free function as efficiently as possible requires competence and understanding of the practitioner in developing realistic home exercise programmes. The developing age of technology to assist rehabilitation prescription means that too often, too little time in a clinical setting is dedicated towards effectively prescribing, instructing and teaching the home exercise programme and reviewing its effectiveness in subsequent sessions. This article explores the challenges associated with home exercise programmes and puts forward a series of suggestions about how to maximise adherence to these programmes. The article also includes a certificated elearning assessment, a printable daily self report template for you to use with your own clients and the author's original patient exercise handouts for weeks 1-4 and weeks 5-8 for chronic ankle instability.
Communication about a patient’s pain experience is a fundamental component of rehabilitation, but often requires the use of metaphoric expressions. However, whilst the meaning of some metaphors is clear, for others it can be obscure. This article will allow the reader to understand the influence that metaphors have on rehabilitation and how they can be used for pain reconceptualisation and behavioural change. It will also allow the development of strategies that enable better communication. There is also an audio recording of this article.
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.
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