Athletes’ Experiences of Severe Injuries as a Career-Change Event

Roy David Samuel, Gershon Tenenbaum, Eran Mangel, Rafi Virshuvski, Tamir Chen, Adam Badir

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In this article we apply the Scheme of Change for Sport Psychology Practice (Samuel & Tenenbaum, 2011a) analyzing six case studies of competitive athletes who have rehabilitated from a severe injury. The athletes completed measures of change-event experience, coping strategy usage, and athletic identity at three points of the injury process. They exhibited similar change processes characterized by a reduction of emotional disturbance, maintenance of high athletic identity, a strategic decision to consult with others, and a subsequent decision to make the necessary adjustments to actively cope. The discussion offers conceptual considerations and implications for practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-120
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Sport Psychology in Action
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • athletic injuries
  • career transitions
  • case studies
  • change process
  • coping strategies


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