oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Psychological factors and sports injuries

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



During the past two decades there has been a growing awareness of the association between psychological factors and sports performance. In particular the effectiveness of various psychological techniques and procedures in improving performance was extensively researched. However, a review of the literature revealed that very little systematic research has been done on the possible relationship between psychological factors and sports injuries. The genesis of injury is considered a complex, multifactorial process. The only psychological variable studied in this regard is stress.

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