AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPERIENCES OF RUGBY UNION PLAYERS RETURNING TO SPORT AFTER INJURY
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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Research has suggested that the injury experience can be highly stressful (Wadey and Evans, 2011). The ultimate aim of injury recovery is to successfully return to performance (Podlog and Eklund, 2009). However, to date there has been limited research into the psychological experiences of those returning to sport. The purpose of this investigation was to gain greater insight into this phase of injury rehabilitation by investigating the psychological experiences of rugby union players returning to sport after serious injury. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six male rugby union players. Athletes reported five salient stressors, namely: re-injury anxiety; performance level concerns; pressures to return; feelings of isolation; and self-presentation concerns. Participants suggested that these concerns were offset via a variety of coping strategies. Four perceived benefits concomitant with the return to sport phase of injury were also identified. Consistent with previous research (Podlog and Eklund, 2009; Wadey and Evans, 2011), findings from this investigation highlight the importance of social support, goal setting and imagery as interventions to mediate the aforementioned demands associated with returning to sport. Furthermore, the current investigation is consistent with previous research (Wadey et al., 2011) insofar as identifying certain perceived benefits related to returning to sport. Such findings have practical implications in terms of employing intervention strategies to facilitate a successful return to sport as well as the guidance of future research.
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