Psychology of Sport Injury
Psychology of Sport Injuryby John Heil
About the Book
The ability to remain relatively injury free and to rehabilitate well when injury occurs is essential to longevity in sport and to the full realization of athletic potential. Because injury is a psychologically disruptive experience, recovery is not complete until the athlete is mentally ready for return to play.
The goal of this text is to present an applied guide to the psychology of sport injury that is practical, comprehensive, and systematic. There are 19 chapters spanning a broad range of medical and psychological perspectives - three written by physicians, and one each by a pharmacologist, an athlete, and a sports medicine specialist. To provide a sense of continuity and cohesiveness, 12 chapters are authored by the editor. To offer a diversity of opinion, contributions are provided by nine other psychologists, primarily in a case review format.
Interest in the Psychology of Sport Injury has continued since its initial publication in 1993. The continued utility of this work rests heavily on its applied clinical focus and to the comprehensiveness of its scope. The strategic conceptualization of a psychology of sport injury, blending behavioral medicine and sport psychology, while novel when first published has taken hold in mainstream thinking about injury management. Over the decade that has followed, research has supported the value of psychology in sport injury, and the ecological and theoretical validity of the methods presented in this and other works in sport injury.
About the Author
Dr. John Heil, is a partner in the Clinical and Consulting firm, Psychological Health Roanoke. He is trained both as a clinical and sport psychologist, with a doctorate in Sport and Health Psychology from Lehigh University, and post-doctoral training in Pain & Behavioral Medicine at the University of Utah Medical School. His current practice incorporates a clinical focus on pain and injury management and a performance based focus on sport psychology. The combination has enabled him to become a leading contributor to the psychology of sport injury.
Dr. Heil has served as Director of Sports Medicine for the Virginia State Games since 1992 and as Chair of Sport Science for US Fencing since 1995. He is a Lecturer for the University of Virginia Medical School Psychiatry Residency Program, and an Instructor at the Roanoke City Police Academy in injury survival training.
Dr. Heil a Fellow in both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and is an AASP Certified Consultant. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Virginia Amateur Sports, chairing the Sports Medicine Committee.
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