Athletic injuries: A psychological perspective to rehabilitation

H. Pollard*

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    This article deals with the psychological problems faced by injured athletes. The purpose of this review is to discuss briefly: the classification of musculoskeletal injury, the possible causative and risk factors, and the reaction to the injury by both the patient and the practitioner. Further discussion examines the coping responses used by athletes and how they, and the practitioner, may modify these responses. Behavior modification techniques and treatment adherence are also discussed. Finally, the topics of when an athlete should return, who should make the final decision about the return, whether a formula approach should be adopted for return to sport, and whether injury prevention programs should be implemented are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)18-31
    Number of pages14
    JournalChiropractic Sports Medicine
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1994


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