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
Working with Athletes with Disability in Rehabilitation
In the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, the Paralympic Games are on the horizon, and athletes are preparing to take the stage to showcase their capabilities to the world. Paralympians inspire individuals of all abilities to reach for their dreams despite insurmountable odds. Furthermore, the Paralympic Games can increase the participation and opportunities of athletes with disabilities (AWD) to take part in exercise and organized sport.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) defines para-athletes as anyone whose impairment impacts their sports participation. Athletes must meet the minimum disability criteria and be classified according to the impact of their disability to participate in the Paralympic Games.
Whether in recreation or competition, athletes with disabilities may suffer injuries. They may then seek medical assistance for their injury and rehabilitation back to the sport. Sean Fyfe and Andrew Hamilton provide insight into working with AWD and how clinicians can best care for athletes; this includes eight fundamental principles. The rehabilitation of an AWD may be a challenge, and understanding their physical and psychological attributes is paramount to a successful outcome.