Positive reframing: an important but underutilized coping strategy in athletes undergoing sport-related knee surgery

Review written by Linda Truong info

Key Points

  1. Specific coping strategies may have an influence on return to sport, fear of reinjury and surgery satisfaction in those that have had knee surgery.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

It has been well known that psychological recovery does not coincide with physical recovery after traumatic knee injuries and can hinder successful return to sport (RTS) and recovery (1,2). Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine if the use of specific coping strategies were associated with RTS, satisfaction, knee function and kinesiophobia after sport-related knee surgery, and whether these associations differed by age, sex, or surgical procedure.

Psychological recovery does not coincide with physical recovery after traumatic knee injuries and can hinder successful return to sport.
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The key message here is for physiotherapists to broaden our treatment approach to include ‘non-physical’ techniques like coping strategies.

METHODS

This was a case series which enrolled patients from a single university-based sports medicine centre. Patients had to be:

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