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Psychology of Sport Injury (2nd Edition)


Written by Dr. John Heil, Psychology of Sport Injury applied guide to psychology and sport injury that is practical, comprehensive, and systematic, with contributions by sport psychologists and sports medicine specialists.


The ability to remain relatively injury free and to rehabilitate well when injured is essential to longevity in sport and to the full realization of athletic potential.

Because injury can be a psychologically disruptive experience, recovery is not complete until the athlete is mentally ready for return to play.

This text presents an applied guide to the psychology of sport injury that is practical, comprehensive, and systematic.

There are 19 chapters spanning a broad range of medical and psychological perspectives - three written by physicians, and one each by a pharmacologist, an athlete, and a sports medicine specialist.

  • To provide a sense of continuity and cohesiveness, 12 chapters are authored by the editor. 
  • To offer a diversity of opinion, contributions are provided by nine other psychologists, primarily in a case review format.
  • Interest in the Psychology of Sport Injury has continued since its initial publication in 1993. 

The continued utility of this work rests on its applied focus and to the comprehensiveness of its scope. 

The conceptualization of a psychology of sport injury, blending behavioral medicine and sport psychology was novel when this text was first published. However, the intervention methods --cognitive behavioral therapy and mental training -- had long been established practices within their respective fields of clinical and sport psychology. As such, the Psychology of Sport Injury did not present new methods, but rather new thinking about the use of established methods.

Research and practice have supported the value of the psychology in sport injury, and the ecological and theoretical validity of its methods. 

Sport psychology has emerged into a psychology of performance applied to a wide range of groups including the military, police and public safety specialists, performing artists and injured workers.


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