Psychological Antecedents of Overuse Injuries in Swedish Elite Floorball Players (pp. 155-172)
Authors: (Ulrika Tranaeus, Urban Johnson, Björn Engström, Eva Skillgate, and Suzanne Werner)
Abstract: The epidemiology of sport injuries is well documented and the injuries can be
divided into either traumatic or overuse injuries. So far, most research aiming to predict
and prevent sport injures has focused on physical factors and traumatic sport injuries. The
aim of this study was to identify psychological factors preceding overuse injuries. Eleven
senior elite floorball players (men: n=9, women: n=2) were interviewed regarding their
experiences of potentially stressful events before the onset of an overuse injury. Based on
a thematic content analysis, five core themes were developed: history of stressors, person
factors, psycho-physiological factors, psychosocial factors and ineffective coping. The
results are discussed in the context of related research concerning subthemes and themes,
such as stress, motivation, pain and social support; finally, recommendations are given
for athletes and coaches. A working model is also suggested for future research.
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