A brief educational intervention using acceptance and commitment therapy: Four injured athletes' experiences

Mahoney, John and Hanrahan, Stephanie J. (2011) A brief educational intervention using acceptance and commitment therapy: Four injured athletes' experiences. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 5 3: 252-273.

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Author Mahoney, John
Hanrahan, Stephanie J.
Title A brief educational intervention using acceptance and commitment therapy: Four injured athletes' experiences
Journal name Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-9261
1932-927X
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 5
Issue 3
Start page 252
End page 273
Total pages 22
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The purpose of this study was to research the experiences of four injured athletes during their rehabilitation from ACL injuries and to examine the potential usefulness of an adapted ACT intervention in addressing individuals' adherence to rehabilitation protocols and their general psychological well-being. We investigated the usefulness of a brief, 4-session ACT program adapted for educational purposes and presented data as case studies. The case studies suggested that (a) the injured athletes experienced a multitude of private events immediately following injury, throughout their recovery, and when approaching a full return to sport; (b) the injured athletes typically avoided these private events and engaged in emotion-driven behaviors; (c) an adapted ACT approach for educational purposes could be useful on at least a basic level to help injured athletes accept private events, commit to rehabilitation behaviors, and have some certainty about returning to sport; and (d) more could be done to address the needs of injured athletes beyond the structure of our 4-session educational intervention. We concluded that the ACT-based intervention, to a certain extent, educated injured athletes about how to meet the challenges of their recoveries and how to commit to their rehabilitations, as well as to exhibit behaviors that would potentially permit their successful reentries to sport.
Keyword Counseling
Psychological factors
Traumas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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