Injured Ahlete in Team Sports – How to Help the Athlete Psychologically Through the Injury

Apr 07, 14 Injured Ahlete in Team Sports – How to Help the Athlete  Psychologically Through the Injury

How to help the athlete psychologically through the injury. This is a  research guide by Antti Turunen that was primarily made for team sport coaches on competitive levels to help them to support their injured athletes.

Even the injuries are not wanted aspect in athletes life, they are a part of the realism at some point of all most every athletes career. The injury is usually seen as a physical problem which starts from the occurrence of injury and ends when the athlete is back in the business, playing and competing. However the injury can influence widely to athletes daily routines, when the athlete can’t take apart to one’s normal training or competitions. Additionally the injury can effect also to athletes emotions, behavior, social contacts and even values in life. According to these facts the sport injury should be seen as a bigger whole than just a physical problem, and it should also be treated as a bigger whole. The psychological responses to an injury and throughout the recovery process can effect on the time used and the success of rehabilitation, and return to sport. So clearly psychological responses to an injury must be taken in notice and integrated to the treatment plan.

 

The coach can support the athlete in  several ways during the injury time - Picture by www.thescore.ie

The coach can support the athlete in
several ways during the injury time – Picture by www.thescore.ie

 

In the team sports coach might intentionally or unintentionally left the injured athlete “outside”, without any proper contact with the coach or the team. Despite the athlete is injured, the coach still has a team to run. Some coaches might also think that when
the athlete is injured, the athlete is useless. Directly speaking that might be the fact but it is important for the athletes rehabilitation project to stay in contact with the coach and the team. Proper contact between injured athlete and coach is beneficial for the
rehabilitation outcomes and returning to sport. The coach can support the athlete in several ways during the injury time.

The guide was done for coaches in team sports and objective for this guide was to provide information about an injured athlete’s emotional experiences to a sport injury and factors affecting to them. Another objective for the guide was to provide guidelines for the team sport coaches to support the injured athlete through the injury experience. This guide contains information about physical healing process, importance of quality medical personnel and a model of “treatment chain”. In the guide can also been found an opening for the athletes emotional responses to injuries, and factors influencing to the emotional responses to injuries. The main part of the guide deals coach support types and how to use them. In the end of the guide the positive effects of injuries to the athletes – personal and athletic – life are dealt.

 

For full links to Antti Turunen research guide in to injured athlete in team sport – How to help the athlete psychologically through the injury please (CLICK HERE)

 

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