But When Can I Compete Again?: Psychosocial Issues Concerning Adolescent Athletes Following an Injury or Extended Illness
Adolescent athletes have a distinct set of stressors when it comes to injuries, chronic illnesses, and pain perception. Child life specialists team up with patients to aid recovery in the medical setting, utilizing unique skills learned from athletics to drive athletes’ optimal coping.
■ Understand the mindset and culture of adolescents involved with athletics.
■ Gain understanding of adolescent athletes’ coping responses to an injury or extended illness.
■ Utilize applicable intervention techniques to support adolescent athletes through injuries/illness