An adolescent perspective on injury recovery and the return to sport

Leslie Podlog, Ross Wadey, Andrea Stark, Marc Lochbaum, James Hannon, Maria Newton

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Objectives: The purpose of this investigation was to examine adolescent athletes' injury recovery and return-to-sport experiences. Given previous research highlighting competence, autonomy, and relatedness concerns among returning athletes (Podlog & Eklund, 2006), we sought to examine the extent to which basic psychological needs theory (BPNT: Ryan & Deci, 2007) could be used as framework for interpreting the research findings. Design: A qualitative design was employed in the present investigation. Method: Eleven Australian athletes (M age = 15.3) who had incurred a range of severe injuries (e.g., anterior cruciate ligament tears, shoulder dislocations) were interviewed on 2-3 occasions (n = 27 interviews) spanning an 11-month period. Results: Analysis of the data revealed the following four key themes: (a) injury stress, (b) coping strategies, (c) experiences with social support, and (d) recovery outcomes. Injury stress provides insights into a range of stressors and strain responses
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-446
JournalDefault journal
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


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