|ATHLETES’ PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION FROM SPORT INJURY IN RELATION TO THEIR RESTORATION NETWORKS|
|Master of Science in Sport Studies, Miami University, 2010, Physical Education, Health, and Sport Studies|
This paper examines the role of social support and its affect on athletic injury rehabilitation. The study utilized a semi-structured interview structure on six previously injured Division I athletes. Results were analyzed using qualitative methodology looking for emergent themes and sub-themes. It was originally thought a social network of supporting roles was crucial for injured athletes’ recovery. However, with the current results, it is now evident that social networks are but a small fraction of the process. This study concludes with future research directions.
Committee: Robin Vealey (Advisor); Valeria Freysinger (Committee Chair); Brett Massie (Committee Chair)
Psychology; Social Psychology; Sociology; Sports Medicine
Keywords: social support; restoration networks; social; networks; support; rehabilitation; athletic injury