Role of Psychological Factors in Management of Sport Injuries: An Overview

  • Vibha Yadava Research Scholar, Department of Psychology, F.S.S., B.H.U., Varanasi, India
  • Purnima Awasthi Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, F.S.S., B.H.U., Varanasi, India
Keywords: Sport Injuries, Psychological Factors, Management


This paper sets out the aspects of sport injuries and relates psychological variables to injuries in context of sports. Since injury is common at all levels of sports and exercise, it can be caused by different factors. In this context, a very brief concept about sports injury has been discussed along with the prevalence and
distribution of injuries among various populations. Apart from this, factors for the prevalence and distribution of injury vulnerability to sport injury have been focused. The sport that leads to injury among boys and girls has been highlighted. Also, the interaction of some variables that leads to injury, that vary in
their nature and occurrence like, injury occurrence, athlete's psychological response to injury, psychological aspects of the rehabilitation process, and also psychological readiness to return to competition. Among the factors already studied are the stress responses, personality, history of stressors, and coping resources. The later section of this document provides an overview of the factors that affects the rehabilitation processes and its outcome in case of sport injury. The psychological perspectives like
psychological and emotional reactions to sport injuries, interventions aimed at facilitating the
rehabilitation process and return to sport issues are extremely important, as a result of many different
factors. These factors are important in order to better understand sports injury and implement actions that
are required for the management of health, to prevent sports injuries and minimize the possibility of injury in
sports. The factors that are influential in return to sport have been emphasized with its focus on motivation
and self-confidence that may facilitate the recovery and enhance the process of health management.