Integrating psychological skills into sport and exercise injury rehabilitation: applying theory to practice

This workshop will provide an awareness of psychological factors underlying sport and exercise injuries. More specifically, the course focuses on identifying and critically evaluating psychological, social and behavioural factors related to the sport and exercise injury rehabilitation process. The course aims to develop an understanding of the use of psychological intervention techniques as part of sport and exercise injury rehabilitation. The course will use number of case studies to demonstrate the link between existing psychological theory and applied practice by providing the participants hands on approach on how to utilise these skills in their own professional practice.

Timetable

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:45 Workshop ends

Details

In the UK, it has been estimated that nearly 30 million sport and exercise related injuries occur every year (Nicholl, Coleman, & Williams, 1995), accounting for nearly 33% of all injuries nationwide (Uitenbroek, 1996). Due to advanced medical knowledge and technology, most injured athletes have the potential for full recovery to their pre-injury (or higher) level of fitness and performance. Nevertheless, for one reason or another, numerous athletes fail to recover back to their pre-injury level of play (Taylor & Taylor, 1997), and often this failure is attributable to psychological factors.

The most comprehensive model to date explaining the psychological process of injury is the Integrated Model of Sport Injury  Rehabilitation (Wiese-Bjornstal et al., 1998). The model consists of two parts; pre injury processes and post injury processes. According to the model, an injured athlete will cognitively appraise the injury, and this process is influenced by a range of personal factors (e.g., severity/type of injury and the individual’s psychological, demographic, and physical differences) and situational factors (e.g., type/level of sport, social, and environmental components). The cognitions will then in turn have an effect on the athletes’ emotional (e.g., anger, fear, and frustration) and behavioural responses (e.g., treatment compliance, and use of psychological interventions).

This course is aimed at BPS chartered psychologists and Stage 2 candidates with interest in psychology of sport and exercise injuries. The course would also be applicable to all those working with injured sport and exercise participants, such as practicing physiotherapists, osteopaths, sports therapists and sport massage therapists.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To appreciate the psychological process of sport and exercise injuries
  • To understand, compare and contrast existing psychological theories and models of sport and exercise injuries
  • To critically examine the usefulness of psychological interventions in sport and exercise injury rehabilitation
  • To apply psychological interventions to sport and exercise injury rehabilitation
  • To gain an understanding of the role of different professionals working with injured sport and exercise participants


Facilitators 

Dr. Monna Arvinen-Barrow is a BPS chartered psychologist, working as a senior lecturer in sport and exercise psychology at the University of Northampton and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. She has a specialist interest and expertise in psychological rehabilitation from sport and exercise injuries. She completed her PhD entitled “Psychological Rehabilitation from Sports Injury: Issues in Training and Development of Chartered Physiotherapists” in 2009 and in addition to other publications in the area of sport psychology, she also has a number of peer-reviewed journal publications (currently 4 published and 3 under review) related to psychology of sport injury rehabilitation. She has also presented her work on psychology of sport injuries in six international conferences and been invited as a guest speaker for sport injury related seminars, special interest groups, conferences and workshops. She has also been asked to deliver a Summer School programme for the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, on the topic of psychological rehabilitation of sport and exercise injuries.

Dr. Natalie Walker is a BPS chartered psychologist and is register with the HPC, working as a senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Northampton and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. She has a specialist interest and expertise in psychological rehabilitation from sport and exercise injuries. She completed her PhD entitled “The meaning of sports injury and re-injury anxiety assessment and intervention” in 2006 and has a number of peer-reviewed journal publications in this area. She has also examined Postgraduate theses in this area and is currently supervising PhDs in this field. She has also presented her work on sport injuries at National and International conferences and been invited as a guest speaker on various sport injury related special interest groups.

Dr. Julie Waumsley is a BPS Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist, working as a senior lecturer in the Division of Psychology at the University of Northampton. She has a specialist interest in counselling clients and leads the psychology and counselling degree programme at the University of Northampton. Before this, Julie worked in the Centre for Sports Studies at the University of Kent, delivering lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students on sport psychology, including that of sport and exercise injury. At the beginning of her career, Julie was an Army Physical Training Instructor, training military personal to peak fitness and through injury. She has undertaken much applied sport and exercise psychology work, working with elite clients and recreational exercisers, and recognises the importance of strong counselling theory and skills to better understand the emotional aspects of clients participating in sport and exercise at whatever level, and whether fully fit or injured.

Booking information

Fees:

  • DSEP members: £60 + VAT
  • Society members: £80 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £100 + VAT

How to book:

Location: 
Dates: 
30/11/2011
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

+44 (0)116 2529925

Organiser: 
BPS Learning Centre, Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology