November 6, 2014: An athlete with a torn anterior cruciate ligament faces a daunting rehabilitation challenge, with or without surgery. A significant amount of physical therapy is likely to be involved to regain strength and range of motion. But the athlete’s body might not be the only thing that could benefit from treatment. Their thoughts and emotions could need rehabilitation as well.
Recent studies suggest that fear of reinjury is commonly cited among knee injury patients who don’t return to their sport. The body may be willing, but the mind may not.
In this episode, a sports psychologist from the Ohio Center for Sports Psychology and a physical therapist from the Cleveland Clinic discuss how an athlete’s belief in his or her ability to recover from any injury, and their understanding of the process to get there, can be key to returning to sport.
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