Athletes' use of mental skills during sport injury rehabilitation
Arvinen-Barrow M, Clemen D, Hamson-Utley JJ, Zakrajsek RA, Lee S, Kamphoff C, Lintunen T, Hemmings B, and Martin SB. J Sports Rehab. 2015. 24, 189-197.
Take Home Message: Of 1283 survey respondents, only 27% of athletes reported using mental skills such as goal setting, positive self-talk, imagery, and relaxation. Of the 249 respondents who used mental skills 72% reported they felt it helped expedite their recovery process.
The use of mental skills (e.g., imagery, goal setting) during rehabilitation from injury is beneficial to athletes. Clinicians could optimize and integrate mental skills into rehabilitation programs if they better understood what skills are most utilized, and who teaches these skills. Therefore, Arvinen-Barrow and colleagues completed a cross-sectional survey study to determine what mental skills are used during rehabilitation, and who taught the athletes the mental skill.