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Experiences of Australian professional female tennis players returning to competition from injury

Young, Janet A., Pain, Michelle D. and Pearce, Alan J. 2007, Experiences of Australian professional female tennis players returning to competition from injury, British journal of sports medicine, vol. 41, no. 11, pp. 806-811, doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2007.036541.

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Title Experiences of Australian professional female tennis players returning to competition from injury
Author(s) Young, Janet A.
Pain, Michelle D.
Pearce, Alan J.
Journal name British journal of sports medicine
Volume number 41
Issue number 11
Start page 806
End page 811
Total pages 7
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-11
ISSN 0306-3674
1473-0480
Keyword(s) professional female tennis players
injury
sports medicine
Summary Background: This study examined the experiences of professional female tennis players returning to competition from injury.

Methods: In a study commissioned by Tennis Australia, 55 Australian professional female tennis players responded anonymously to a questionnaire developed for the purposes of this study. The questionnaire consisted of open and closed questions that assessed a player’s attribution style, the occurrence and effect of minor and major injuries, frequency and type of treatment sought, attitudinal chances following injury and preventative injury factors.

Results: The quantitative and qualitative analyses of participants’ responses revealed players generally displayed an internal attribution style with the majority of minor injuries involving lower limb injuries (attributed to playing on hard surfaces). Players reported these injuries were addressed in a variety of ways including self-treatment. The majority of severe injuries were upper limb/shoulder and these were generally treated at tournament sites with some requiring surgery.

Conclusions: Players adopted a range of measures to assist recovery from severe injury including the services of health professionals. In further findings, a player’s attribution style was not a predictive variable, except in terms of the number of tournaments missed for minor injuries. Implications of the study’s results and future research directions for cross-cultural studies are highlighted.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bjsm.2007.036541
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, BMJ Publishing Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045196

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Psychology
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