Athletic identity has been defined as “the extent to which an individual identifies as an athlete” Research has shown individuals with high levels of athletic identity to be linked to issues such as depression in relation to injury. Conditions such as depression have also been shown to correlate with low levels of psychological flexibility, a construct used to describe when an individual’s ability to come into contact with the present moment and change behaviors accordingly to serve a set of values. Although research has explored athletic identity and psychological flexibility, no studies to date have investigated the role of these variables in motivation for return to sport in an injured athlete population. Thus, the purpose of this research was to examine the relationship between athletic identity, psychological flexibility, and motivation for return to sport. Due to a small sample size, a descriptive statistical analysis was conducted. Relevant demographic and background information, as well as measures for athletic identity, psychological flexibility, and sport motivation, were collected via self-report questionnaires using a sample of nineteen NCAA (DI, II, and III) student athletes from a variety of sports who had a current injury that was expected to be a three month or longer recovery.
|Commitee:||Webb, Benjamin, Smith, Isais|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Acceptance and commitment Therapy, Athletic identity, Exercise psychology, Motivation in sport, Psychological flexibility, Sport psychology|
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