Essay about Importance of Social Support To Injured Athletes

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Sports have become a major part of our culture. Sports now serve as entertainment, recreation, and even religion for some die-hard fans. All levels of sport have become relevant and elite leagues, year round competition, and travel associations have become the norm. The importance of winning, getting scholarships, and competing at the highest level has tremendously increased the pressure from parents and coaches for athletes to succeed. The rise in sports participants has seen the significant increase in sports related injuries. In 2006 the CDC reported that high school students accounted for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctors visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations. This number has surely risen from three years ago. Injured …show more content…
Halfway through my rehab, I began to ignore the home exercise program my therapist gave me and I did not work as hard in therapy as I had in the beginning. At times I did not feel like going to therapy because I did not see the point of going back to play but I had wonderful therapists who reminded me that I needed to rehabilitate my knee for myself and not my team. Even after coming back to the team and the years that followed, I never had the same relationship with my coach and eventually began to dislike playing soccer. I have only recently begun playing and enjoying soccer again. It was not enough to have social support and encouragement from my parents, family, doctor, and therapist. I needed from my coach and teammates the most. This is way I have decided to research this issue and find evidence supporting my claim that social support from coaches and teammates has a positive impact on injury rehabilitation. During my research for this paper, I read an article entitled Psychology of sports injuries. Four experts in the sports medicine field were interviewed for this article. Daniel Gould and Linda Pelichkoff are two college professors who conduct research and have written many articles on sports psychology. Bill Prentice and Fred Tedeschi are athletic trainers with many years experience in the college and professional ranks. The questions covered in this article address what

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