Carl Bescoby

Carl Bescoby is an Injury Psychologist and Research Fellow with extensive experience working at the intersection of health and performance, interested in the psychosocial components of injury, illness, and mental health. Carl completed a Ph.D. in psychosocial health rehabilitation at the University of Bath in 2020, where his research offered novel insights on the psychosocial self-management of transplant athletes. Since then, Carl has founded and set up Evolve, a sports injury consultancy, which supports athletes’ mental flexibility to promote undecided growth following injury or illness. Carl collaborates with physiotherapists and clinicians to work towards a multidisciplinary practice that offers the best possible care for individuals. Carl also works at a systemic level to influence cultural and behavioral change in primary and secondary care contexts treating and diagnosing mental health.

Articles by Carl Bescoby

Shifting the spotlight: mental health of injured athletes

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Sports psychology

Mental health is an essential consideration for athlete management throughout their careers. Athletes’ are particularly susceptible to mental health challenges following injury. Carl Bescoby explores mental health during rehabilitation and provides clinicians with recommendations to enhance their holistic management. Sports injury is recognized as a significant risk factor for psychological distress and increases the risk of... MORE

Rethinking pain: psychologically informed practice

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Sports psychology

Experiencing pain is a fundamental biopsychosocial phenomenon. However, practitioners typically treat pain in isolation with little emphasis on psychological influence. Carl Bescoby explores the psychological impact of pain and discusses how psychologically informed practice may offer benefits to managing the whole pain experience throughout rehabilitation. Introduction It is common for athletes to experience pain when... MORE

Transplant Athletes: using sport to regain health

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

Organ transplantation provides individuals with a second chance at life. Sports offer physical and mental health benefits for these individuals. However, transplant athletes have unique biopsychosocial challenges when returning to physical activity. Carl Bescoby explores these challenges and discusses how sport could be a useful psychosocial tool to manage an illness, transition to normal life,... MORE

ACTing against the fear of re-injury

in Diagnose & Treat, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Sports psychology

Injured athletes commonly experience fear of re-injury when returning to sport. However, many clinicians lack coherent psychological strategies to support athletes’ throughout rehabilitation. Carl Bescoby explores how to identify, reframe, and ACT to overcome the fear of re-injury. INTRODUCTION An athletes’ vulnerability to re-injury concerns rehabilitation professionals. Kinesiophobia and fear of re-injury are common psychological... MORE

Beyond the Finnish Line: exploring injury, menstrual dysfunction, and...

in Email Newsletters, Female Athletes

Paper title:  Self-Reported Restrictive Eating, Eating Disorders, Menstrual Dysfunction, and Injuries in Athletes Competing at Different Levels and Sports Publication: Nutrients. 2021. 13(9). 3275 Publication date: September 2021 INTRODUCTION Disordered eating and menstrual dysfunction are common among female athletes competing in elite and non-elite sports. The prevalence and associated risk of injury are dependent on... MORE

What’s your story? How to make sense of and...

in Email Newsletters, Other, Sports psychology

Paper title: Storying sports injury experiences of elite track athletes: A narrative analysis.  Publication: Psych of Sport and Exercise Publication date: June 2021 INTRODUCTION Formulating and sharing stories offers a way of making sense of injury experiences. These stories, although unique, are shaped through the athlete’s socio-cultural context. The athlete’s narrative acts as a resource... MORE

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