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Motivations of College Students to Return to Sports Following an Injury
Background of the Study
Injuries in competitive sporting environment are a common occurrence. Despite the various training and physical condition, most of the sportsmen and women will at one time or another experience an injury. When such injuries occur, they may have devastating effect on the motivation of a sportsman to resume sporting. Such injuries such as knee injuries, groin injuries, ankle injuries, and head fractures can leave an athlete swearing never to go back to the field. The time that athletes spend nursing the injuries may also be too long to extent that they may develop lethargy to resume sporting. At times, the athlete will be cleared by a physician of sports medicine staff as medically fit to resume active sporting, but the athlete may still not be mentally prepared. More importantly, research has also shown that even those athletes who resume playing do not do so willingly. Some of them resume playing due to the pressure from their coach or in an effort not to disappoint their fans. Other could even resume playing not because of their self-motivation but because they do not want to let down their team mates. Such lack of motivation, may lead to a further injury or decline in performance due to decreased motivation. Other athletes may be suffering from anxiety or stress due to lack of confidence in their physical condition while other may perform poorly due to the fear of returning to play and fear of injury. This situation happens across all sportsmen and women including college students who are actively involved in sports. This is why it is important to understand the motivating factors that can compel a student to return to play even after the injury.
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