The relationship between coping and sport injury anxiety among college athletes

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Jenna L. Tomalski (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jennifer Etnier

Abstract: Sport injury anxiety has been identified as a sport specific anxiety that focuses on athletes' apprehensions about sustaining an injury while participating in their sport (Cassidy, 2006a, Cassidy, 2006b). While there has been research on how athletes cope with injuries they have sustained and sport anxiety while recovering from the injury, researchers have not yet identified how athletes cope with the anxieties surrounding the possibility of sustaining an injury in the future. The purpose of this study was to identify how athletes cope with sport injury anxiety by determining the relationship between sport injury anxiety and different coping strategies. Collegiate athletes completed a demographic survey, the Sport Injury Anxiety Scale (SAIS: Cassidy, 2006a) and the Brief COPE (B-COPE: Carver, 1997). The relationships between the SAIS and B-COPE were assessed using Pearson correlation. It was hypothesized that overall levels of SIA would be positively associated with avoidance coping strategies and inversely related to approach coping strategies. Results partially supported the hypotheses, showing that overall levels of SIA were positively related to self-distraction and self-blame, which are avoidance coping strategies. Secondary, exploratory analyses using MANOVAs and Pearson correlations were also conducted to identify group differences and relationships among SIA, coping strategies, and demographic variables to gain more insight into SIA and coping.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Sport injury anxiety, Coping
Sports $x Psychological aspects
College athletes $x Psychology
Adjustment (Psychology)

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