Sport injury rehabilitation adherence: Perspectives of recreational athletes

Andy Levy, R.C.J. Polman, Adam R Nicholls, David Marchant

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The purpose of this study was to investigate recreational participants' experiences of adhering to a sport injury rehabilitation program. Six participants undertaking a rehabilitation program for a tendonitis-related injury as a result of sport involvement took part in this study. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and were thematically analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (Smith & Osborn, 2003). Five themes emerging from the data set were motivation, confidence, coping, social support, and pain. Specifically, a lack of motivation and confidence were perceived to have a negative effect upon home-based rehabilitation adherence while ineffective coping strategies, over support and pain, appeared to have an adverse influence on rehabilitation adherence in a clinic setting. The use of effective coping strategies and varied types of social support aided rehabilitation adherence. Applied implications and future research directions are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-229
JournalInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2011


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