Event Title

An Athletic Trainer's Role as Social Support to Injured Athletes

Poster Number

35

Faculty Mentor

David Schary, Ph.D.

College

College of Education

Department

Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance

Location

Richardson Ballroom

Start Date

21-4-2017 2:15 PM

Description

This research study will discuss athletes’ psychological and social needs during and after injury, specifically from athletic trainers. Athletes need a source of significant social support to participate in the first place and during rehabilitation from an injury, as well. Many athletes receive many forms of social support to participate in sports, but they also need that social support during an injury. Since athletes tend to be in the athletic training room more often during injury, athletic trainers become even more involved in the athletes’ social support. Athletic trainers provide support by setting achievable, short-term goals, providing rehabilitation programs, assisting athletes with exercises and treatment, and encouraging the athletes throughout their rehabilitation. All of these roles of an athletic trainer help athletes feel like healing and returning to their sport is more likely to happen than it would be without an athletic trainer’s support. Thus, this research will look at the athletic trainers’ role and influence on athletes’ perceived progress and motivation in their rehabilitation to return to play.

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Apr 21st, 2:15 PM

An Athletic Trainer's Role as Social Support to Injured Athletes

Richardson Ballroom

This research study will discuss athletes’ psychological and social needs during and after injury, specifically from athletic trainers. Athletes need a source of significant social support to participate in the first place and during rehabilitation from an injury, as well. Many athletes receive many forms of social support to participate in sports, but they also need that social support during an injury. Since athletes tend to be in the athletic training room more often during injury, athletic trainers become even more involved in the athletes’ social support. Athletic trainers provide support by setting achievable, short-term goals, providing rehabilitation programs, assisting athletes with exercises and treatment, and encouraging the athletes throughout their rehabilitation. All of these roles of an athletic trainer help athletes feel like healing and returning to their sport is more likely to happen than it would be without an athletic trainer’s support. Thus, this research will look at the athletic trainers’ role and influence on athletes’ perceived progress and motivation in their rehabilitation to return to play.