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Perfectionism predicts injury in junior athletes: Preliminary evidence from a prospective study

Madigan, Daniel J., Stoeber, Joachim, Forsdyke, Dale, Dayson, Mark and Passfield, Louis (2017) Perfectionism predicts injury in junior athletes: Preliminary evidence from a prospective study. Journal of Sports Sciences.

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Abstract

According to the stress-injury model (Williams & Andersen, 1998), personality factors predisposing athletes to elevated levels of stress may increase the risk of injury. As perfectionism has been associated with chronic stress, it may be one such personality factor. So far, however, no study has investigated the relationships between perfectionism and injury utilising a prospective design. Therefore, the present study examined perfectionistic strivings, perfectionistic concerns, and injury in 80 junior athletes from team and individual sports (mean age 17.1 years, range 16-19 years) over 10 months of active training. The results of logistic regression analyses showed that perfectionism positively predicted injury, but only perfectionistic concerns emerged as a significant positive predictor. The likelihood of sustaining an injury was increased by over 2 times for each 1 SD increase in perfectionistic concerns. The findings suggest that perfectionistic concerns may be a possible factor predisposing athletes to an increased risk of injury.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of sports sciences on 08/05/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2017.1322709"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2017.1322709
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2177

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