Does the type of received support provided affect female cricketers’ feelings and emotions throughout the injury and rehabilitation process?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to explore how different types of received support assist female cricketers throughout all three stages of the injury process: onset, rehabilitation and return. Seven previously injured female cricketers took part in semi-structured interviews that were conducted on a squad-training weekend. The interview guide allowed the researcher to look at how received support affected the injured athletes’ feelings and emotions at each particular stage. Results showed all types of received support to be positive throughout the entire process, additionally that the type of support most salient throughout the injury and rehabilitation process was esteem support. Emotional support provided by family and close friends was important to cricketers at onset, whilst there was a shift in support during rehabilitation; cricketers preferred informational support offered by the physio at this stage. Tangible support was not deemed most or least important throughout but was nonetheless still received. The types of support provided were tailored around the feelings and emotions felt at each specific stage. Applied implications of the study suggest that not only do athletes need to be pro-active but also providers of support need to be able to read injured athletes feelings and emotions in order to adapt the type of support they need to provide. With this in mind, sports psychologists’ awareness of the specific type of support needed at each stage was enhanced which hopefully would enable injured cricketers to have a more successful return to sport.
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