How well an athlete copes with his/her injury can improve their quality of life on and off of the playing field. Previous research has suggested that personality traits might be linked to an individual’s preferred coping method (Johnson, 1997; Karimzade & Besharat, 2011; Nicholls & Polman, 2007). Therefore, the purpose of this study was to gather insight into a female basketball player’s dominant personality traits and coping methods while undergoing knee rehabilitation. The study included a Big Five personality assessment and a semi-structured interview. The participant was an 18-year-old female Division 1 basketball player rehabilitating an anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus repair. Agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience received equal dominance scores, and the transcript revealed four major themes: Aids to coping, inhibitors to coping, challenges, and positive characteristics. Problem-focused and emotion-focused coping were of almost equal use. The study revealed a trait combination that literature has yet been discussed.
|Commitee:||Hawn, Stephen, Nakajima, Mimi|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Kinesiology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Coping, Personality, Rehabilitation, Sport psychology|
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