College of Health Sciences & Human Performance

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Lois Hale, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Steven Aicinena, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

James A. Eldridge, Ed.D.


As a result of their role in the athletes’ recovery, athletic trainers should have an understanding of the many aspects involved in the psychological effect of an injury, and how to assist an athlete in their psychological recovery. This includes the components of injury, factors affecting recovery, psychosocial intervention strategies, counseling, and referral. The purpose of this study was to survey licensed athletic trainers in Texas 5 A high schools relating to psychological issues and psychological techniques used in treating and rehabilitating injured athletes. 180 surveys were returned from 128 (51%) out of 250 Texas 5A high schools. Athletic trainers responded to referral information, athletes’ responses to injury, characteristics of athletes dealing with injuries, psychological techniques used, and those important to learn more about. The results of this study reflect the athletic trainers’ ability to recognize the psychological effects of an injury and the need for additional sports psychology training.



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