Percieved availability of athletes' social support and its influence on appraisal of injury and coping
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A recent area of interest in the psychology of athletic injury is how social support can serve to reduce stress experienced by injured athletes (Bianco, 2001). The present study examined the perception of availability of athletes' social support and its influence on appraisal of injury and coping. Specificall¡ the study explored injured athletes' initial cognitive appraisal, perception of availability of social support, and ability to cope. Semi structured interviews were conducted on 7 athletes from 4 different sports who had recently recovered from injury at the time of the interview. Results of the study found that athletes' appraised their injuries as negative and the most likely coping strategy employed was underpinned by emotion. Specifically, perception of availability of emotional support enabled the injured athletes to cope with their injury. Therefore athletes' support networks should be aware that injured athletes' perception of available support will affect their ability to cope.
MSc Sport Psychology
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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