Injury Anxiety

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Injury anxiety in sports is a situation-specific state or trait. It is comprised of certain affective, cognitive, and behavioral components in athletes, coaches, or family members. As a trait concept, injury anxiety is the general tendency or predisposition to anticipate or appraise potentially risky or harmful sport situations in a way that induces certain unpleasant affects, worries and concerns. Given models of individual appraisal, this anticipation consists of both the consequences of a potential injury and the individual coping resources. As a state or actual process, in particular situational determinants become important, which consist of (1) the individual’s cognitive, affective, and psychophysiological processes; (2) the perceived given task; and (3) the individual’s perception of social and ecological circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDictionary of Sport Psychology : Sport, Exercise, and Performing Arts
EditorsDieter Hackfort, Robert J. Schinke, Bernd Strauss
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAcademic press
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-813150-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-12-813151-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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