Psychology of Sport Injury by Dr. John Heil


An applied guide to the psychology of sport injury that is practical, comprehensive, and systematic.




The ability to remain relatively injury free and to rehabilitate well when injured is essential to longevity in sport and to the full realization of athletic potential. Because injury can be a psychologically disruptive experience, recovery is not complete until the athlete is mentally ready for return to play. This text presents an applied guide to the psychology of sport injury that is practical, comprehensive, and systematic. There are 19 chapters spanning a broad range of medical and psychological perspectives – three written by physicians, and one each by a pharmacologist, an athlete, and a sports medicine specialist. To provide a sense of continuity and cohesiveness, 12 chapters are authored by the editor. To offer a diversity of opinion, contributions are provided by nine other psychologists, primarily in a case review format. Interest in the Psychology of Sport Injury has continued since its initial publication in 1993. The continued utility of this work rests on its applied focus and to the comprehensiveness of its scope. The conceptualization of a psychology of sport injury, blending behavioral medicine and sport psychology was novel when this text was first published. However, the intervention methods –cognitive behavioral therapy and mental training — had long been established practices within their respective fields of clinical and sport psychology. As such, the Psychology of Sport Injury did not present new methods but rather new thinking about the use of established methods. Research and practice have supported the value of the psychology in sport injury, and the ecological and theoretical validity of its methods. Sport psychology has emerged into a psychology of performance applied to a wide range of groups including the military, police and public safety specialists, performing artists and injured workers.

Product details

  • 338 pages
  • Publisher: Zen Zone Digital; 2nd edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988356317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988356313



Dr. John Heil is a clinical and sport psychologist, and partner in Psychological Health Roanoke. He is a longstanding sport psychlogy consultant to USA Fencing. He is editor of the Sport Science column in American Fencing Magazine and served as Chair of USA Fencing Sports Medicine & Science for over 15 years. He is a Lecturer at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, an Instructor at the Roanoke Police Academy, and served as Director of Sports Medicine for the Virginia State Games for over 20 years. He is a Fellow in both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Dr. Heil is an AASP Certified Consultant and member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. He has recently taken office as President-Elect of the American Psychological Association Division of Exercise & Sport Psychology.

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