Carly D. McKay, "The Mental Impact of Sports Injury" (Routledge, 2021)


Much is known about the physical strain that athletes’ bodies are subjected to, but until recently, the role of psychological factors in risk and rehabilitation has been poorly understood. In The Mental Impact of Sports Injury (Routledge, 2021), Dr. Carly McKay bridges the gap between academic research and practical settings in an informative, yet easy to follow guide to the psychology of sports injury. Addressing risk, rehabilitation, and prevention, it outlines key considerations for researchers and practitioners across all levels of sport. Alongside the fundamentals of injury psychology, emerging areas of importance are also discussed, including training load monitoring and the technological advances that are shaping modern sport medicine. Targeted examples highlight the challenges of preventing and managing injury in grassroots, elite, and professional contexts, with chapters dedicated to the under-served communities of youth and Para sport athletes. Stepping away from traditional texts, this unique book presents the landmark literature, major concepts, and athlete insights into sports injury psychology from a totally new perspective.

This interview was conducted by Jolie Ho, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology whose research focuses on social support-seeking within the context of social anxiety and anxiety disorders. Outside of research, Jolie is a follower of figure skating and tennis who has long been fascinated by the unique challenges and dynamics faced by elite athletes in high-performance environments.

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Jolie Ho is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

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