Topic: Sport psychology
Psychology of Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Written Assignment
Your task is to produce a 3000 word (±10%) simulated case study report. This report is to be based on one of the case studies in the module handbook. The report should consider the following:
• The psychological risk factors associated with injury
• Age, gender and sport specific factors associated with injury
• Psychological considerations in injury rehabilitation
• Strategies used to enhance rehabilitation and reduce the risk of further injury in the case study
A suggested structure is as follows (words counts are guides only):
• Introduction to the case study and initial needs analysis; including a critical evaluation of the psychological/psychosocial risk factors OR re-injury risk factors associated with their injury. You should conduct a critical review of the age, gender and sport-specific psychological/psychosocial injury risk factors. Within this section, you are advised to critically consider theoretical or conceptual models that are relevant for your client (1000 words);
• A discussion that critically evaluates the psychological factors associated with the successful rehabilitation of your client. Within this, it would be pertinent to discuss what would be classed as a successful rehabilitation with this client as well as discussing age, gender and sport-specific considerations in injury rehabilitation (1000 words);
• A psychological/psychosocial intervention section that clearly provides and justifies appropriate methods of increasing the chances of successful rehabilitation outcomes (e.g. different psychological skills training techniques), through a graduated return to play, and reducing further injury risk for your client. A noteworthy consideration in here would also be your limitations of practice as a sports therapist, including to whom you may need refer an athlete, and why you may refer the athlete to this type of professional (1000 words).
Publication date: Submission: You should submit your assignment electronically via “Turnitin” in the module space on ‘MyBeckett’ no later than 1pm on 17/05/16. Late submissions will gain penalties as per University policy.
Results and feedback: in line with University policy your feedback should normally be given within four weeks. This would be 16/06/16.
Re-submission: Re-submission will be at the discretion of the formal exam’ board. This should be submitted electronically via “Turnitin” in the module space on ‘MyBeckett’ no later than 1pm on 14/07/16. Late submissions will gain penalties as per University policy.
Course Title: BSc Sport and Exercise Therapy
Module Title: Psychology of Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Level: 6
Assessment Title: Written Assignment: Rehabilitating the Injured Athlete Weighted: 100%
Criteria and Weighting 100-70 69-60 59-50 49-40 39-35 34-0
Introduction and Needs Analysis
(30%) Excellent introduction that demonstrates evaluation of psychological injury OR re-injury risk factors and key client considerations
Excellent, evidence-based links between risk factors, client considerations and injuries.
Good introduction that shows analysis of the psychological injury OR re-injury risk factors and key client considerations.
Good, evidence-based links between risk factors, client considerations and injuries.
Satisfactory introduction that shows some analysis of the psychological injury OR re-injury risk factors and key client considerations.
Satisfactory, evidence-based links between risk factors, client considerations and injuries.
Limited introduction based on a restricted ability to analyse the psychological injury OR re-injury risk factors and key client considerations
Limited, evidence-based links between risk factors, client considerations and injuries.
Unsatisfactory introduction that demonstrates an insufficient understanding of the psychological injury OR re-injury risk factors and key client considerations
Unsatisfactory links between risk factors, client considerations and injuries that, demonstrates little appreciation of the extant evidence-base. Inadequate introduction that demonstrates no evidence of appreciation of the psychological injury OR re-injury risk factors and client needs
Inadequate links between risk factors, client considerations and injuries that demonstrates no appreciation of the extant evidence-base.
(30%) Excellent discussion of factors affecting rehabilitation that demonstrates evaluation of literature.
Consistent independence of thought and creativity present throughout the work. Good discussion of factors affecting rehabilitation that shows analysis of literature.
Originality of thought evident, although this may not be consistent throughout the work. Satisfactory discussion of factors affecting rehabilitation that shows some analysis of literature.
Some originality of thought demonstrated. Limited discussion of factors affecting rehabilitation that shows a restricted analysis of literature
Limited originality of thought, face-value arguments presented consistently. Unsatisfactory discussion of factors affecting rehabilitation that shows insufficient analysis of literature
Little originality of thought present. Inadequate discussion of factors affecting rehabilitation. No appreciation of literature
No originality of thought present within the work.
(30%) Excellent intervention plan that critically evaluates available options and how they will meet the client’s needs.
Excellent, evidence-based practice that draws on a range of contrasting, contemporary and/or varied evidence. Good intervention plan that shows analysis of available options and how they will meet the client’s needs.
Good, evidence-based practice that draws on a range of contrasting, contemporary and/or varied evidence. Satisfactory intervention plan that shows some analysis of available options and how they will meet the client’s needs
Satisfactory evidence-based practice that considers a range of opinions about the topic matter, from appropriate sources.. Limited intervention plan that shows a restricted understanding of the available options and how they will meet the client’s needs
Limited evidence-based practice that ascribes to a single dominant perspective from appropriate sources. Unsatisfactory intervention plan that shows insufficient understanding of the available options or how they link to the client’s needs
Unsatisfactory evidence-based practice that takes arguments at ‘face-value’ from secondary sources. Inadequate intervention plan. No understanding of intervention options or how they link to the client’s needs.
No evidence-based practice.
(10%) Sentence structure, grammar and spelling are wholly acceptable. Excellent writing style with logical progression of points. No errors in referencing style. Sentence structure, grammar and spelling are largely acceptable. Clear and coherent writing style with ideas well expressed. Minimal errors in referencing style. Sentence structure, grammar and spelling are largely acceptable. Reasonable writing style with competent explanation of ideas. Frequent errors in referencing style. Sentence structure, grammar and spelling are mainly acceptable. Basic evidence of an academic writing style with some errors. Consistent errors in referencing style. Sentence structure, grammar and spelling are weak with numerous errors. Negligible evidence of an appropriate academic writing style. Little evidence of adopting the required referencing style Sentence structure, grammar and spelling are wholly acceptable. Inarticulate academic writing style. No evidence of adopting the required referencing style.
Case Study 1
Leana is a 19 year old competitive boxer who is suffering from a long-term injury. Leana’s only real social circle is her boxing club but she has not been going training because of her injury, has not attended competitions because she struggled to watch competitions that she feels she should be involved in, especially those she feels she should be winning. She feels isolated as a result of this. Leana is the star performer for the boxing team, so is regularly asked by her coach when she will be able to return to competition; her coach had originally said that she thought “the injury isn’t that bad and you’ll be back in no time, this happens all the time in boxing; you just have to be tough”. Leana is in receipt of an academic scholarship as she comes from a low income family background and is the first member of her family to engage in University education. The terms of her scholarship dictate that she must regularly represent the University in her sport.
Case study 2
Rahim is a 56 year-old recreational triathlete. He mainly takes part for health and wellbeing purposes; has little interest in winning or losing any more but he really enjoys the feel of being in a competitive race. Rahim has been struggling with a recurring ankle injury but has continued to participate. He repeatedly says that “it is not that bad” so just carries on, but has told you that he now finds it really painful to get up and walk in the morning and it is significantly worse when it is cold. Rahim’s wife has been asking him to stop with his triathlon for a while as it upsets her seeing him in so much pain, but Rahim feels it should be his decision to retire, not anybody else’s. He has been competing as a triathlete since he was 14 years old.
Case Study 3
Melanie is an 18-year old soccer player with who represents an FAWSL team as well the international age-group team. She is one week post-surgical repair of a non-contact ACL rupture that happened during a game. The injury occurred in what she described as a freak accident on “a dodgy pitch not fit for football” when she turned away from a player after competing with her in a dual. She later admits that she has been struggling to concentrate on football all that much for the past couple of months as she has fallen out with her partner and is struggling with College. When you talk to Melanie, she tells you that she is worried about not being able to get back to the playing level that she currently competes at, that she wants to be back as soon as possible and that she could really do without this as it has happened when she is preparing for her A-level exams. During one of your rehab sessions, you’re talking to Melanie and she tells you that “football is all she knows; it is who she is”.
Case study 4
Branislav is a 27 year old international gymnast and is likely to be away from competition for three months with a recurring Quadriceps injury. He is very keen to be doing whatever he can during his injury period to make sure that he can maintain as much of an involvement with his gymnastics as possible as he is part of the Olympic squad. He is concerned about falling behind the rest of the squad because of his injury and does not want to lose his place and the potential to represent his country at the Olympics, so has repeatedly told you that he wants to return as soon as possible (“preferably before the three months”). This is the first time that Branislav has suffered a long-term injury, but reports competing through the ‘little niggles’ with his quadriceps that have bothered him since last year.
You should submit your assignment electronically via “Turnitin” in the Assessment folder in the ‘Psychology of Sports Injury and Rehabilitation’ module space in ‘MyBeckett’.
Late submission will be penalised according to University Regulations.
The assignment should not exceed 3000 words (±10%).
For any written piece of work students are expected to write as near to the word limit as possible. A leeway of 10% is allowed. Hence the case study report should not exceed 3,300 words.
If writing this as differing sections please consider that your word count for each should be in proportion to its weighting.
Word count and penalties
In accordance with our ‘Skills for Learning’ the usual convention is that every word within your text is counted. Therefore quotations contribute towards your overall word count. To reduce the number of words make sure that you only use highly relevant quotations. References within the main text are also counted. For example: ‘…Smith (1992) argued that…’ would count as four words.
Tables may be used. These are usually to present results or findings. As such tables do not contribute towards the word count. However, they should be used sparingly, only when appropriate, and not to deposit excessive narrative. If the latter occurs you will be penalised.
The list of references and/or bibliography at the end of your assignment is not part of the word count. Nor are appendices. However, appendices should only be included when appropriate.
The assignment must be submitted in word-processed form using Arial 11, double line spacing and justified lines. Pages should be numbered.
The front sheet (title page) should state the following: Course, module, assignment title, student ID number, date of submission and final word count. Do not include your name in the submission.
Students are expected to use appropriate sources to support and develop their statements and viewpoints throughout the assignment. Ideally this would be a mixture of applied, empirical and professional practice research articles. Appropriate internet sources used by academics and clinical professionals rather than those used by the layperson may be acceptable. Textbooks may be used but it should be recognised that any evidence may be dated. There are very few appropriate websites for this topic so their use is not encouraged.
All sources must be referenced using the Harvard referencing system. Students are advised to use the leaflet called “Quote: Unquote” available from the library on referencing or visit the “Skills for Learning” site on the university web page. You should not use your lecture notes as a source of reference. You are also directed to the “Little Book of Plagiarism” which is available from the library and provides guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.
Please follow the links below.
• Quote, Unquote
• Little Book of Cheating, Plagiarism and Unfair Practice
• Leeds Beckett University webpage relating to plagiarism
Please review the on-line information at the following links:
Skills for Learning especially relating to Academic Communication
As this is a case study assignment, you may find it helpful to view the case study section of the Academic communication website.
Many students also find the academic guidance on critical thinking, evaluating arguments and making a good argument useful for this type of evidence-based assignment.
In particular please ensure that your writing style is academic. Please follow the links below:
• Little Book of Punctuation
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