|dc.description.abstract||Research has recognised that injuries are a large risk in sport. When they occur,
athletes may experience high emotional distress and lack of understanding about
what has happened, as well as facing other rehabilitation issues during the process.
To cope with the injury rehabilitation, athletes use various coping strategies.
Evidence suggests that a key coping mechanism is social support. There is however,
a lack of understanding as to how perceived support helps athletes cope. Therefore,
the purpose of this study is to identify the perceptions of support that athletes
perceive to be available to them, and why they perceived that support to be so
important whilst recovering. The participants include ten male amateur rugby players
aged 18 to 21 who play in a variety of positions. They have been required to
complete a semi-structured interview to explore their perceptions of the support they
had available. The results indicate that the athletes perceived emotional and
informational support to be valuable from head coaches, strength and conditioning
coaches, physiotherapists, family, friends and teammates during the entire recovery
process. As it can be very difficult to avoid a sporting injury, recognizing what
athletes want in terms of support when recovering from an injury, is highly important.
The implication of the study is to ensure that providers create an environment where
emotional support is available as needed.||en_US