Date of Graduation
College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
Physical Education Teacher Education
Andrew C. Ostrow.
Despite the many documented psychological reactions athletes experiences as a result of athletic injuries, very little, if any psychological assessment is being done to evaluate their readiness to embark on their rehabilitation. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to determine if psychological readiness influences athletes' adherence and compliance to their rehabilitation programs. A secondary purpose was to determine the impact psychological readiness had on perceived versus actual completion rates of rehabilitation programs. Injured college student athletes' (N=70) psychological readiness were assessed (using the transtheoretical model of behavior change 10) to determine its effect on compliance, adherence rates and perceived versus actual completion rates of rehabilitation programs. Results revealed that participants who were advanced in their stages of change generally reported an increase in self efficacy, utilization of pros as opposed to cons and use of behavioral when compared to experiential processes of change. No significant relationships were found between psychological readiness and athletes' adherence, compliance and their perceived versus actual completion rates of rehabilitation programs.
Clement, Damien, "Psychological readiness: Is this assessment valuable to athletic trainers in understanding athletes' adherence and compliance" (2005). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 2302.