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date: 06 March 2021

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Injury is a disruptive event in the life of the dedicated recreational athlete and the elite performer alike. Crucial to the success of injury management is an understanding of the role of psychosocial factors in injury. This chapter reviews the psychology of sport injury literature with the aim of informing intervention efforts among key service providers. The literature review presents models that have provided the framework for research and intervention, reviews scholarship pertaining to a broad range of injury (musculoskeletal injuries, head injury and concussion, catastrophic and fatal injury), illuminates the sporting subcultures in which injuries occur and are managed, and offers suggestions for future scholarship with attention to implications for applied practitioners. Although written explicitly for the psychologist, the roles of others who influence the psychology of injury, including the physician and sports medicine therapist, the coach, and athlete, are highlighted.

Keywords: Injury models, musculoskeletal, concussion, catastrophic and fatal injury, culture of risk, intervention, psychologist, service delivery

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