Beyond the Physical Wounds: Male Varsity Athletes' Psychological Responses to Hypothetical Sport Concussions

  • Author / Creator
    Pearson, Thomas B
  • Following Wiese-Bjnorstal et al.’s (1995) sport injury response model, this dissertation used hypothetical scenarios to examine the relationships between sport concussion severity, post-concussion injury appraisals, and post-concussion depression and anxiety symptoms. Participants included a convenience sample of 99-male varsity athletes that played football, hockey, soccer, and basketball. The hypothetical scenarios depicted three sport concussion incidents that varied in terms of severity (return-to-play in two weeks, out for the season, and career ending). Male varsity athletes’ completed a measure of current depression and anxiety symptoms and were asked to anticipate their post-injury appraisals and depression and anxiety symptoms in relation to one of the three randomly presented sport concussion scenarios. Across the three sport concussion scenario groups, there was a trend of male varsity athletes’ anticipated post-concussion depression and anxiety symptoms being significantly higher than their current symptom levels. Moreover, there was a trend of male varsity athletes’ anticipated depression and anxiety symptoms being significantly higher for the scenarios that depicted increased sport concussion severity. Sport concussion severity significantly effected male varsity athletes’ anticipated injury appraisals and the effects were more prominent for the two week and career ending groups. Male varsity athletes’ anticipated post-injury appraisals displayed positive and significant correlations with their anticipated depression and anxiety symptoms, yet the greatest support was found for the two week and season ending groups. The findings were discussed in terms of potential theoretical and practical implications, methodological limitations, and future research directions.

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    Fall 2016
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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    • Counselling Psychology
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Truscott, Derek (Educational Psychology)
    • Ritchie, Leslie (External Examiner)
    • Hanson, William (Educational Psychology)
    • Gierl, Mark (Educational Psychology)