THE SOURCES AND TYPES OF CONFIDENCE UTILISED BY INJURED ATHLETES
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The aim of the present study was to investigate to the sources and types of confidence athletes’ utilise during injury recovery. Participants were 12 athletes who had sustained an injury, which prohibited participation for at least six weeks. The 12 athletes represented the three phases of injury, injury onset, rehabilitation and return to sport. Four athletes were interviewed at each stage. Analysis of interviews revealed seven sources of confidence, consultant/doctor, physiotherapist, coach, family, friends, teammates and self: and ten types of confidence, informational and emotional support, mastery, physical improvements, rehabilitation program, demonstration of ability, achievement of goals, vicarious experiences, past experiences and self-presentation over the three stages. Results were discussed in reference to previous research and implications and future directions were drawn.
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