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Sports psychology

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

Athlete voices in sports injury: The untapped resource

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Prevent, Sports psychology

Researchers obtain qualitative data through first-hand observation, interviews, questionnaires, and other non-numerical sources of information. Jason Tee explores how clinicians can utilize the qualitative data and the athlete’s voice to improve rehabilitation outcomes. Sports injury research is clinical, impartial, and objective. It reduces athlete injuries to numbers and figures, removing the stories of the athletes... MORE

The control-chaos continuum: A thinking tool for rehabilitation professionals

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Other, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Sports psychology, Strength

Africa Cup of Nations – Group C – Morocco v Comoros – Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde, Cameroon – Comoros’ El Fardou Ben Nabouhane in action with Morocco’s Sofyan Amrabat REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Return to performance In 2016, leading sports injury rehabilitation experts drafted a consensus statement to define the three critical return to sport... MORE

Context is queen: filling the gaping hole in Sports...

in Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Sports psychology

Sports and Exercise Medicine research largely excludes women cohorts. However, women’s biology influences the outcome of training programs and medical interventions. Still, the evidence pool is mainly void of specific data to design appropriate interventions. Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi explores the gaps in research and discusses the inclusion of context as a critical determining factor when designing... 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

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

Autoregulation: The solution to the rehab programming puzzle

in Improve, Other, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Speed development, Sports psychology

Rehabilitation programs aim to recondition the injured tissue site to be pain-free and cope with the physical demands of the sport. Jason Tee delves into using autoregulation in exercise prescription to create robust athletes. Training prescription is a delicate balancing act of tissue-loading. Overload a client, and they may suffer setbacks in the form of... MORE

Deep breathe in, better performance out: can breathing and...

in Sports psychology

Athletes may experience fear avoidance when exposed to an unpleasant physical or cognitive experience. The perception of their experience may lead to anxiety and stress dysfunctions. Breathing and mindfulness techniques can minimize an athletes’ psychological perceptions, but can these components enhance sports performance? Tracy Ward looks at using breathwork and mindfulness to improve performance. Cleveland... MORE

Winning at all costs: mind over matter

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Other, Sports psychology

Mental health continues to gather the attention it deserves. The travel and sporting event restrictions, e.g., participation bubbles, place athletes and support personnel in unprecedented situations. In addition, the social disconnect places strain on the relationships that are paramount for mental health, and thus performance. Emotion fogs the nuance around performance. As athletes fight for... MORE

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