An approach to sport injury trait anxiety: Scale construction and structure analysis

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We examined the structure of sport injury trait anxiety and its relationships to sociodemographic and personality variables. Based on the discussion of anxiety concepts, sport injury trait anxiety is defined as a widely indefinite concern or worry to sustain an injury in different sport situations. Furthermore, referring to the stress-injury model, I assume interdependencies between injury anxiety on the one hand and general anxiety, injury history, and physical self-concept on the other hand. Based on this theoretical background, a 22-item scale was constructed, by which a person's concern or worry to sustain an injury in different sport situations could be specified. One hundred and fifty-four male and 107 female sport students were questioned by means of this Sport Injury Trait Anxiety Scale (SITAS). An exploratory factor analysis led to three dimensions of situations that cause injury anxiety: situations with low competency, situations with high importance, and situations with loss of control. Analyses of correlation merely showed low relationships of these three dimensions to general trait anxiety (STAI) and scales of physical self-concept. The results underline the necessity of sport- and injury-specific anxiety scales to examine the sport injury process.
ZeitschriftEuropean Journal of Sport Science
Seiten (von - bis)1-12
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2002

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