Lowered confidence can lead to an athlete underperforming Warning signs of poor

Lowered confidence can lead to an athlete

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Lowered confidence can lead to an athlete underperforming. Warning signs of poor adjustment to injury Not every athlete adjusts to their injury properly. Every athlete copes with an injury a certain way, some handle it better than others. When an athlete shows negative signs of how their handling their injury, it can lead to a poor recovery. Some warning signs of poor adjustment to injury are feelings of anger & obsession, constantly questioning when they can play again, denial, rushing the recovery process, excessively boasting on past accomplishments, guilt about letting the team down, mood swings, and withdrawal from significant others. If an athlete shows any of these signs a coach should think about acquiring the help of sport psychologist or counselor.
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Strategies for assisting an injured athlete’s recovery It’s difficult for athletes to handle injuries, especially alone. It’s good to have someone to help them with their recovery process. A good strategy for someone to assist an injured athlete’s recovery is build a certain relationship with them. Showing emotional support and trying to understand what the athlete is going through can really help make the athlete feel more comfortable with the process. It’s also good to treat it like a team effort. Another strategy is to educate the injured athlete about his or her injury and how the recovery process will work. This can help the athlete understand what they have to do in order for their recovery to go well. It’s good to outline certain dates of the process that label when athlete can start doing what. For example, at the 3 week mark you can begin to jog. Another good strategy is teaching the athlete psychological skills to cope with the injury. Some important psychological skills to use for the recovery process are goal setting, positive self-talk, imagery, and relaxation training.
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  • Spring '18
  • Psychology, Injury, 3 week, good strategy, Austin Cosby

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