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The role of player–parent dyads in sports injury rehabilitation and the return to competition of elite female youth soccer players

Gledhill, Adam, Forsdyke, Dale ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4283-4356 and Sutton, Georgie (2015) The role of player–parent dyads in sports injury rehabilitation and the return to competition of elite female youth soccer players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33 (S1). s73-s74.

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Adolescent female soccer players – for a combination of physical, physiological and psychosocial factors – are at high risk of injury. Whilst there is a growing appreciation of the role of player–parent dyadic relationships within the development experiences of adolescent female soccer players (e.g. Gledhill and Harwood, 2014, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 12, 150–165), there remains a dearth of literature that has examined their role during adolescent injury rehabilitation and return to competition (RTC) experiences (Podlog et al., 2013, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 437–446). Given that female athletes experience greater injury-related retirement than males (Ristolainen, Kettunen, Kujala, and Heinonen, 2012, European Journal of Sport Science,
12, 274–282), examining factors that can improve rehabilitation outcomes and RTC for female soccer
players is a noteworthy research consideration. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the
role of player–parent dyads in successful injury rehabilitation and RTC. Drawing on ontological relativism and epistemological constructionism, this study purposefully sampled adolescent female soccer players (N = 3) – who had successfully returned to competitionpost injury – and their parents (N = 6). After gaining institutional ethical approval, data were collected via semi-structured interviews based on previous injury (e.g. Podlog et al., 2013) and female soccer (e.g. Gledhill and Harwood, 2014) literature and informal fieldwork, before being analysed using thematic analysis (Braun and Clarke, 2006, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3, 77–101). Data interpretations indicated that social support seeking and provision, rehabilitation compliance, fostering a healthy athletic identity, and opportunities for growth and development are salient results of player–parent dyads that may increase a player’s chances of making a successful RTC. Applied implications for parenting during sports injury rehabilitation and RTC (e.g. the potential for parent education programmes) and future research directions (e.g. research specific to playing level) are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1110330
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2578

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