Sep 19, 2017Psychology of Injury: Part 2
Click here to read part 1, which covers what athletic trainers should say and do immediately following an injury.
Once an athlete sustains a time-loss injury, they often go through a five-step grieving process. Those steps are (with some examples from an athlete who tore their ACL):
• Denial: “I couldn’t have torn my ACL. My knee feels fine.” (They say as the knee starts to balloon from swelling.)
• Anger: “After all of that offseason conditioning I did, and someone falls into my knee! That is bull $–*!
• Bargaining: “”I just have to get back on the field. If I work an extra hour a day