Psychological factors 'should not be ignored with injured sportspeople'

13 February 2012

New research has indicated that many amateur American Football players are against returning to the sport following injury rehabilitation.

A study led by senior author Kurt P Spindler, of Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, pointed out that the number of people who return to action following reconstructive Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery may be over exaggerated.

The group focused on patients who enrolled in the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network and undertook ACL reconstruction between 2002 and 2003.

Of the 149 high school and collegiate players monitored, just 60 per cent and 72 per cent returned to the sport, respectively.

Even when returning to action, 28 per cent admitted that they did not feel they reached the level they were at before their injury.

Looking into the research, Mr Spindler commented: "While return to play may be perceived as the central concern for a competitive athlete recovering from an injury, it is easy to ignore psychological factors keeping a player off the field."

Meanwhile, recent research by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg warned that people who take part in long spinning classes could risk putting their body through a similar process which is linked to the development of an hear attack.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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