Effectiveness of a stress management pilot program aimed at reducing the incidence of sports injuries in young football (soccer) players
EntityUAM. Departamento de Psicología Biológica y de la Salud
PublisherChurchill Livingstone. Elsevier Health Sciences
10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.09.003Physical Therapy in Sport 24 (2017): 53-59
ISSN1466-853X (print); 1873-1600 (online)
Funded byThis research was supported by the Spanish MINECO (grant PSI2011-27000) and by the Murcia (Spain) Regional Football Association's Proyecto Fútbol, (grant FFRM-UMU-04 0092 321B 6450214704)
ProjectGobierno de España. PSI2011-27000
SubjectsImplementation; Psychological intervention; Sports injury; Stress management; Deportes; Psicología
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Objectives Several attempts to reduce the incidence of sport injuries using psychosocial interventions produced fruitful, although inconclusive results. This paper presents the effectiveness and implementation issues of a pilot 3-month stress-management and muscle relaxation program aimed at reducing sport injury incidence. Design Pre-post treatment-non treatment group comparison. Program administration The program was administered by a trained psychologist on a once-a-week, 1-h session basis. Participants Seventy-four male soccer players from four National Youth league teams voluntarily participated. Teams were randomly assigned to either treatment/non-treatment group. Measures Injury protocol, Self-monitoring cards, Athletes' satisfaction and commitment survey, Coaches' interview. Results Group main effect and Time-Group interaction effect were both statistically significant, F(1,60) = 8.30, p = 0.005, η2p = 0.121, with the average number of injuries larger in the post-treatment phase of non-treatment group (p = 0.005, η2p = 0.077). There was a significant decrease in the average number of injuries for the intervention group before and after implementing the program (p < 0.001, η2p = 0.309). Conclusions A controlled implementation of a psychosocial program was effective in reducing youth soccer sport injuries, with a high level of satisfaction and commitment from the athletes, as well as high acceptance from the coaches
Google Scholar:Olmedilla-Zafra, Aurelio - Rubio Franco, Víctor - Ortega, Enrique - García-Mas, Alexandre
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