|dc.description.abstract||Objective. The purpose of this article was to examine the stress-buffering effect
relationship between social support and psychological responses to injury.
Method. The study matched social support types with injury stressors, where stressors,
perception of social support availability and psychological responses of injured footballers
(N=71) were measured. Post injury, injured footballers completed measures of stressors,
social support and psychological responses to injury. Moderated hierarchical regression
analysis was used to analyse the data.
Results. The moderated hierarchical analysis disclosed significant (p< .05) bufferingeffects
for the perception of available emotional support in relation to responses of
restlessness, feeling cheated and isolation, and the perception of esteem support in
relation to responses of restlessness and isolation. Significant (p< .05) main effects were
found for the perception of available emotional, and esteem support in relation to
responses of restlessness, isolation and feeling cheated.
Conclusion. The findings of the current study furthers our under standing in the stress
buffering effects of social support on the impact of injury stressors in relations to
psychological responses to injury; specifically the effects of perceived social support
availability in relation to psychological responses. The discoveries provide important
implications for the sport psychology domain. They provide the significance of social
support interventions with injured footballers, in attempt to diminish the adverse
consequences of injury stressors.||en_US