Psychological Changes in Athletes Following Injury Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Fuqua, Ruth
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • The purpose of this study was to examine psychological changes in Division I varsity and club sport athletes following an acute, traumatic, time-loss injury. Participants completed Internet-based surveys that assessed athlete demographics; psychological health variables including perceived stress, positive and negative affect, depression, anxiety, and athlete burnout; and dispositional characteristics including athletic identity and trait optimism. Surveys were completed at initial injury and return to play. Weekly follow-up surveys were completed if the athlete was injured and restricted from practice for more than seven days. Statistical analysis revealed some factors of psychological health significantly change from initial injury until return to play. These results add to the growing body of knowledge that suggests mental health is a key portion of an athlete’s overall health, and should be treated as such.
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  • DeFreese, J.D.
  • Prentice, William
  • Kucera, Kristen
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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