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Exploring the role of the Canadian athletic therapist in the social support of an injured athlete

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dc.contributor.author Mullaly Dobbin, Krista
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-03T16:55:57Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-03T16:55:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-09-03T16:55:57Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3027
dc.description.abstract Rehabilitation of athletic injuries may include both physical and psychological components. When an athlete becomes injured they look to healthcare professionals to help them through their rehabilitation. These professionals are part of the social support network and among them are Canadian certified athletic therapists (CAT(C)). The aims of this qualitative study were to explore the role of a CAT(C) in the social support of an injured athlete by: (a) describing the nature of the therapeutic relationship between the athletic therapist and athletes; (b) exploring the social support provided by athletic therapists; and, (c) exploring how they perceive their preparation for the social support of an injured athlete. Purposive sampling was employed to recruit two male and two female Canadian certified athletic therapists, who had worked in a university setting, and were in good standing with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. Data were collected using webcam or telephone interviews. Findings were consistent with previous studies with health care professionals. CAT(C)’s played an integral role in dealing with the social support aspects of injury. Athletic therapists embraced their role in the social support of athletes and reported using strategies to enhance the therapeutic relationship, providing four dimensions of social support (emotional, esteem, informational and tangible) and acting as a communication link with other members of their social support network. CAT(C)’s acknowledged their limitations in the psychological side of injury due to only a small fraction of their educational curriculum preparing them for this aspect of injury. Experience was a key factor, and increased their comfort level. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject social support en
dc.subject athletic therapist en
dc.subject certified athletic therapist en
dc.subject rehabilitation en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Education::Physical education and training en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Health Sciences::Rehabilitation en
dc.title Exploring the role of the Canadian athletic therapist in the social support of an injured athlete en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Naylor, Patti-Jean
dc.degree.department School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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