Postinjury anxiety and social support among collegiate athletes: a comparison between orthopedic injuries and concussions.
Covassin T, Crutcher B, Bleecker A, Heiden EO, Dailey A, and Yang J. J. Athl Training. 2014; 49(2):000-000.
Take Home Message: Collegiate athletes who sustained a concussion or an orthopedic injury use their social support networks similarly during the healing process. While the two groups have similar anxiety levels, patients with a perceived higher level of social support appear to have lower levels of postinury anxiety.
Despite the high prevalence of both concussive and orthopedic injuries sustained each year, little is understood regarding the anxiety level and social support used by these athletes. A better understanding of the similarities and differences between these 2 groups would allow clinicians to better render comprehensive care to their patients. Therefore, Covassin and colleagues compared the anxiety and social support of 63 athletes with concussions with a matched group of 63 athletes with orthopaedic injuries (matched by sex, sport, and injury severity).