Psychologic stress related to injury and impact on sport performance

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2008 May;19(2):399-418, x. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2007.12.003.


Injury rates are high among children and adolescent athletes. Psychosocial stressors, such as personality, history of stressors, and life event stress can influence injury occurrence. After injury, those same factors plus athletic identity, self-esteem, and significant others-such as parents, coaches, and teammates-can affect injury response, recovery and subsequent sport performance. Goal setting, positive self-talk, attribution theory, and relaxation or mental imagery are psychologic interventions that can help injured athletes cope with psychosocial stressors. Medical professionals should be aware of the potential influence that psychosocial stressors and psychologic interventions can have on injury occurrence, injury recovery, and sport performance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / psychology*
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Athletic Performance / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Self Concept
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology