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Excerpts — Psychology of Sport Injury

Work to establish effective injury prevention measures

Several frameworks have emerged to guide sport injury prevention efforts. These frameworks serve as models to ensure that sport injury research and practice proceed in an organized, scientific manner.

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Help athletes stick to an injury prevention program

As discussed in chapter 3, recent years have brought a surge in attempts to prevent the occurrence of sport injuries. This surge has been accompanied by growing recognition of the vital importance of adherence both in preventing sport injuries and in documenting the effectiveness of preventive interventions.

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Communicate effectively with patients to enhance recovery

As the preceding sections indicate, important outcomes are associated with the quality of patient - practitioner communication, which serves key informational and socioemotional functions in sport health care. However, significant discrepancies have been documented between the perceptions reported by patients and those reported by practitioners; therefore, we have much to gain by enhancing communication between the two parties.

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