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Perceived Social Support, Re-injury Anxiety and Psychological Readiness to Return to Sport in Soccer Players

Forsdyke, Dale ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4283-4356, Madigan, Daniel J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9937-1818, Gledhill, Adam and Smith, Andy (2022) Perceived Social Support, Re-injury Anxiety and Psychological Readiness to Return to Sport in Soccer Players. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

The burden of sports injury in soccer is high, while return to sport outcomes following injury are often poor. This is compounded by a current lack of understanding surrounding the factors that may optimise psychological readiness to return to sport. Consequently, in the present study, we aim to further our understanding of these issues by examining the role of perceived social support in predicting psychological readiness to return to sport. In doing so, we extend previous research by examining whether re-injury anxiety is a mediating factor in this relationship. A sample of 150 previously injured soccer players (mean age = 25.32 years) completed measures of perceived social support (PASS-Q), re-injury anxiety during rehabilitation (RIA-R), and psychological readiness to return to sport (I-PRRS). Mediation analyses showed that re-injury anxiety partly accounted for the positive relationship between perceived social support and psychological readiness to return to sport. These findings suggest that injured soccer players with higher perceptions of social support will experience less re-injury anxiety during rehabilitation and, as a consequence, will be more psychologically ready upon return to sport.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2021-0181
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC512-569.5 Psychopathology
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5935

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