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Client-practitioner relationships in sport injury rehabilitation

Little, Guy Christopher David (2015) Client-practitioner relationships in sport injury rehabilitation. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

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The relationships that clients form with their practitioners can influence treatment outcomes. Researchers have shown in numerous healthcare professions including psychology and physiotherapy that caring and collaborative relationships can lead to positive psychological and physical treatment outcomes, and poor relationships can lead to negative outcomes. Within sport psychology, there are fewer studies on clientpractitioner relationships in comparison to other domains of psychology or healthcare. Researchers and practitioners have often favoured the investigation and application of mental skills (e.g., goal setting, imagery, self-talk) over the exploration and development of client-practitioner relationships. In the specific context of sport injury rehabilitation, there exist few studies or commentaries on client-practitioner relationships as interventions that can aid athletes’ recoveries, transitions, and returns to sport. The aim of this thesis was to explore the relationships psychologists and physiotherapists have with injured athlete-clients and how these practitioners collaborate in sport injury rehabilitation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sport psychology, sport psychologists, clients, practitioners, athletes, sports injuries, physiotherapists, physiotherapy
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2015 21:29
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2015 21:29
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