Effects of a formal goal setting program on recovery after athletic injury

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Melanie Lindsey McGrath (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Diane Gill

Abstract: "The present study investigates the effects of a formal goal setting program on self-confidence, satisfaction, and rehabilitation adherence in injured NCAA student-athletes. Six athletes volunteered for the study (mean age=20.7 years, 4 males and 2 females). A single-subject design was used, with each participant having 3-5 weeks of baseline data collected before starting the goal setting program. Each intervention lasted between 2-6 weeks. Both short- and long-term goals were used during the intervention, and athletes were encouraged to set challenging, specific, measurable goals. Measures of confidence and rehabilitation adherence were collected weekly. Measures of satisfaction (for both the athlete and the supervising certified athletic trainer or physical therapist) were collected post-baseline and post-intervention. Each athlete also participated in a post-intervention debriefing to evaluate the goal setting program. Results demonstrated varied effects across participants. Three participants showed increased confidence and adherence during the goal setting program. Results for satisfaction were mixed. The program evaluation revealed that all participants found the program useful and would recommend it for other injured athletes. This study acts as a preliminary study on the use of a goal-setting program in athletic injury rehabilitation programs. Study limitations are presented and directions for future research provide. "--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2005
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), athletes, athletic injuries, rehabilitation, confidence, kinesiology
Sports injuries--Patients--Rehabilitation--Psychological aspects
Goal (Psychology)

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