Term of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Daniel Czech

Committee Member 1

Brandonn Harris

Committee Member 2

Samuel Todd

Abstract

How an athlete responds and recovers from an injury varies with each unique situation. One's reaction to their sport injury can be an influential determinant of their return to sport (Ahern & Lohr, 1997; Podlog & Eklund, 2005; Podlog & Eklund, 2009; Podlog, Lochbaum, & Stevens, 2009; Walker, Thatcher, & Lavallee, 2007). Those working directly with injured athletes are in a unique position to administer both physiological and psychological rehabilitation. Research has surfaced regarding the need of athletic trainers to also focus on the mental aspects of recovery (Barefield & McCallister, 1997; Gordon, S., Milios, D., & Grove, J.R., 1991; Grindley, E.J. & Zizzi, S.J., 2005). The objective of this narrative study is to focus and uncover the perceptions of coping with an injury among 4 NCAA Division I athletes and also the athletic trainers with whom they work. Interviews will be transcribed and a thematic structure of the lived experience of an injury will be revealed. With this investigative research, health and sport professionals will be able to approach both the mental and physical sides of rehabilitation.

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