Many athletes experience injury during the course of their careers.
And recent research by Ardern, C., Taylor, N., Feller, J., & Webster, K. (2012) suggests that negative behavioral changes can occur from anxiety of re-injury during and post-recovery, including:
-impinged performance manifesting as hesitation
-reduced maximal effort
-a wariness in the athlete of both unfamiliar and familiar movement patterns similar to that from which the injury occurred.
This cycle of events, in some cases, can actually increase the risk of re-injury and lead to a vicious cycle of physical and mental uncertainty regarding performance.
Accelerate Sports Performance’s extensive physical and mental assessment and programming takes into consideration not only the physical demands of rehabilitation, but also the mental rigors of returning to competition, recreational exercise, and functional daily activity. ASP’s clients, once recovered, often perform more efficiently than prior to their injury.
In the next blog post, we’ll take a data-driven look at the progress of Kayla Coloyan, a high school basketball point guard, who is 6 months post-op from ACL surgery and looking to return to play stronger than before.
Ardern, C., Taylor, N., Feller, J., & Webster, K. (2012). Fear of re-injury in people who have returned to sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15 (6), 488-495.Read More