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Applied psychology of sport injury: Getting to—and moving across—The Valley of death

journal contribution
posted on 06.01.2022, 14:41 authored by Lynne Evans, Britton W. Brewer
Areas of science in which policy and practice lag behind research evidence are known as “valleys of death”. It can be argued that sport injury psychology has not yet reached, let alone crossed, its own valley of death. In this paper, we consider what developments in the evidentiary base are required to reach and cross the valley of death to advance the application of psychology to sport injury prevention and rehabilitation over the next 10 years. To that end, we reflect on the current research landscape and application-readiness of several subareas of sport injury psychology, highlight some of the strengths and limitations of sport injury psychology research, consider what is required to increase the likelihood that findings from empirical sport injury psychology research will be applied as part of future preventive and rehabilitation practice to cross the valley of death, and how this can be achieved. Finally, we identify what we consider to be some of the most pressing questions for sport injury psychology researchers to address to help enhance the quality of future research and practice.

History

Published in

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Acceptance Date

03/12/2021

Publication Date

23/12/2021

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Evans, L. and Brewer, B.W. (2021) 'Applied psychology of sport injury: Getting to—and moving across—The Valley of death', Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, pp.1-18. DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2021.2015480

Print ISSN

1041-3200

Electronic ISSN

1533-1571

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Lynne Evans

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Applied Injury Science

Copyright Holder

© The Publisher

Language

en