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Sport injury rehabilitation adherence: perspectives of recreational athletes

Levy, Andrew R, Polman, Remco, Nicholls, Adam R and Marchant, David C (2009) Sport injury rehabilitation adherence: perspectives of recreational athletes. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 7 (2). pp. 212-229. ISSN 1612-197X (print) 1557-251X (online)

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The purpose of this study was to investigate recreational participants’ experiences of adhering to a sport injury rehabilitation program. Six participants undertaking a rehabilitation program for a tendonitis‐related injury as a result of sport involvement took part in this study. Data were collected using semi‐structured interviews and were thematically analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (Smith & Osborn, 2003). Five themes emerging from the data set were motivation, confidence, coping, social support, and pain. Specifically, a lack of motivation and confidence were perceived to have a negative effect upon home‐based rehabilitation adherence while ineffective coping strategies, over support and pain, appeared to have an adverse influence on rehabilitation adherence in a clinic setting. The use of effective coping strategies and varied types of social support aided rehabilitation adherence. Applied implications and future research directions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21991. sports injuries, recovery
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 04:28
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2015 06:24
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