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Kinesiology
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Kinesiology 1088A/B
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Prof
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Fall

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- Major life changes – when combined with few coping skills and little social support = higher risk of athletic injury o Eg. death, moving marriage, economic status Stress: - Disrupts attention by narrowing peripheral field and causes distraction and irrelevant thoughts - Creates muscle tension that interferes with normal coordination - Giving all-out effort often means playing hurt or taking undue risks which increases the probability of injury ( must distinguish between discomfort of overload and pain of injury - Some athletes look for attention by playing up or even faking an injury Reactions to injury: 1) Athlete made to feel worthless because ignored and can’t contribute, so play injured = more severe injury 2) Grief response (Kubler – Ross – 1969) a. Denial b. Anger c. Bargaining d. Depression e. Acceptance and reorganization - Injured athletes typically experience all five stages, but the order, speed, ease and duration of moving through them and the significance given to each varies widely 3) Loss of identity as an athlete (self-concept) since many people define who they are through their sporting involvement 4) Fear and anxiety over re-injury, recovery (too slow) and replacement (starting role or permanent) 5) Loss of confidence over ability to perform = over compensation, lower motivation 6) Performance decrement – difficulty lowering performance expectations until fully recovered (same as pre-injury) Role of Psychology in Injury Rehabilitation: - Advances in rehab  active recovery, less invasive surgical techniques, weight training, ect. - However the biggest advance is the recognition that psychological techniques play a big part in recovery, so the HOLISTIC approach of treating the mind as well as the body has now become the most acce
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