Sport Psychology.

We tend to neglect the psychological impact of an injury to an athlete. Unable to continue playing during recovery, an athlete or student-athlete may experience a «sense of loss» or sense of vulnerability after injury. Many athletes describe: «feeling not like myself», «feeling off», which can be disconcerting. In the case of depression, we can see it in the acute recovery phase and can be related to fatigue.

Emotional and psychological responses play a crucial role in an athlete’s recovery (Mainwaring, Hutchison, Camper & Richards, 2012)[i]; these responses can include depressed mood, anxiety about the future, re-injury fears, frustration or anger (especially if symptoms persist beyond their expected time frame or have impacted their athletic career), sense of loss of team role or identity as an active and contributing student-athlete, significant disruption in social network and negative impact on academic pursuits. Many athletes are told to physically rest and have «cognitive rest», which is true, but we lack to explain what it means and it frequently creates more harm effects than good long term. A specific plan for return to school is important, but the stress of falling behind and then having to make up and keep up with school assignments can often be significant and contribute to symptoms.

[i]Mainwaring, L., Hutchison, M., Comper, P. & Richards, D. (2012) Examining emotional sequelae of sport concussion.  Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology, 6(3), 247-274.

vi Minister of Education (2015), Le Rapport du Groupe de Travail sur les Commotions Cérébrales.

We offer counseling services, with a focus in Sports Psychology, to assist during the recovery period.