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Mental Health Outcomes After Sport Injury in Playing and Non-Playing Athletes

Hales, Sophie (2023) Mental Health Outcomes After Sport Injury in Playing and Non-Playing Athletes. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aims: The present study is sought to provide a better understanding of athletes and their mental health when they are actively playing and not actively playing due to an injury. The study examined whether athletes who are non-playing due to an injury suffer with their mental health compared to playing athletes. The relationship between mental health symptoms (i.e., depression and anxiety) in playing versus non-playing athletes was examined. It was hypothesised that injured non-playing athletes report on having feelings of depression, being less happy and more anxious with their mental health and playing athletes have less issues with their mental health. Method: Participants were given a questionnaire (n=97), which was shared with various athletic clubs in which the coaches and management relayed the information to athletes. The becks inventory depression scale and the general anxiety disorder scale was the scales used in the questionnaire to measure depression and anxiety. Results: A Mann-Whitney test result showed that levels in depression are higher in non-playing athletes compared to playing athletes. We also saw anxiety levels being twice as high in non-playing athletes compared to playing athletes. Conclusion: Findings from this study provide greater understanding of athlete’s mental health while actively playing and not playing. Findings showed that non-playing injured athletes experience more mental health experiences compared to playing athletes. Implications for this study are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Dooley, Julian
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2023 13:35
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2023 13:35

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