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“It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)” - The use of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to increase function and reduce irrational beliefs of an injured athlete

Morris, R, Tod, D and Eubank, MR (2017) “It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)” - The use of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to increase function and reduce irrational beliefs of an injured athlete. In: Turner, M and Bennett, R, (eds.) Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy in Sport and Exercise. Routledge. ISBN 978-1138688452

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Abstract

In this chapter, we present the case of “Andrew”, an elite male professional rugby union player in his early 20s, who suffered a series of severe knee injuries and experienced a number of negative psychological reactions, including heightened stress and anxiety, as a consequence. Humanistic counseling and REBT, specifically the ABCDE and “badness scale” techniques, were used to change Andrew’s beliefs regarding his injury, from his pre-intervention perceptions – that the injury he had was a catastrophe – to more rational beliefs, emphasizing that it might be bad but it was not “the end of the world”, post-intervention. The second part of the chapter reflects upon the use of REBT in supporting the recovery of injured athletes more generally and how the practitioners’ experience has influenced subsequent delivery of REBT techniques. Specific topics discussed in the chapter include: factors influencing psychological recovery from injury, the methods used in the REBT sessions, and the specific outcomes that resulted from the use of the intervention with Andrew. The practitioners’ reflections on the use of REBT techniques, such as the way they may be used as part of broader injury rehabilitation programs, are also discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Routledge
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2019 09:59
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2019 09:59
Editors: Turner, M and Bennett, R
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7811

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