A study into the temporal patterning of social support and its subsequent effect on the psychological responses to athletic injury
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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There is evidence to suggest that social support can contribute to the health and well being of injured athletes and have a facilitating effect on reducing the stress and negative emotions resulting from injury. However, the type and providers of social support vary throughout the rehabilitation period and athletes may not always receive their preferred support at the most needed time. The purpose of this study was to identify the types and providers of social support throughout the athlete’s rehabilitation and assess how this support changes over time. This study also assessed how the support that was received influenced the athlete’s psychological responses to injury. The participants (n=6) were selected from a convenience sample, semi structured interviews were conducted and inductive analysis was undertaken. The study found that emotional and tangible support was predominantly evident in the initial stages of injury but gradually decreased with time. A need for increased emotional support on return to sport was evident. Nevertheless, the emotional support that was received was generally preferred and received from friends and family. Informational support was preferred over time in order to help athletes understand and cope with their injury. However, limited informational support meant that athletes became frustrated and had feelings of helplessness. Although, in general all of the participants felt that they received adequate support throughout their injury period, the support they did receive was inconsistent. Support from coaches was limited throughout rehabilitation. Nevertheless, the support received from friends, family and team-mates was of benefit. The main conclusion highlighted the need for more informational support throughout injury rehabilitation and for increased emotional support from friends and team- mates, in particular on return to sport. Similarly, the need to increase social support networks during the middle phases of rehabilitation has become apparent as healthy recovery from injury is essential.
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