Psychological Response to Sports Injury
A Longitudinal Investigation of Pain, Coping and Interpersonal Style Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. post surgical period to return to play
To be held in Room 202, McElwain Building (School of Psychology)
At 2:00pm 10th August 2007
Confirmation presentation by John Baranoff
PhD student, School of Psychology.
The biopsychosocial model of sports injury (Brewer, Andersen & Van Raalte, 2002) is a theoretical model of the multi-factorial relationships between biological, psychological, and social aspects of an athletes experience following sports injury. The aim of the current study is to explore specific pathways within this model and empirically validate an expanded model of sports injury. A practical aim is to provide assistance to practitioners in the identification and management of athletes at risk of psychological difficulties in the rehabilitation process. This project will include a sample of individuals who have undergone anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery. In previous research , it was identified that half of the athletes who had ACL reconstruction did not return to their pre-injury level of participation in sport even though in a high percentage of cases there was full recovery of functional capacity (Feller & Webster, 2003),. A relatively small amount of literature exists concerning the role of the fear avoidance construct in athletes following injury. This small body of literature is in contrast to the chronic pain literature where there is a large volume of research outlining the role of fear avoidance in pain related fear (e.g., Vlaeyen, Kole-Snijders, Boeren, & van Eek, 1995). In the fear avoidance model, pain caused by injury or strain is interpreted as threatening which leads to catastrophising and may in turn lead to a fear of particular movements. Furthermore, in the pain literature, adult attachment style has been implicated in