One of the sorely neglected areas in athletic-injury psychology is age-related differences in antecedents and consequences of injury.  Most of the researchers to date have investigated injury factors in collegiate athletes or young adult recreational participants. We know from developmental sport psychology that children, adolescents, and young, middle, and older adults differ in their self-perceptions, social influences, emotional responses, motivations, and self-regulation skills relative to physical activity and sport involvement.  It is only reasonable to extrapolate, then, that such individual differences and social-environmental influences are also salient when considering factors related to athletic-injury rehabilitation. I congratulate the authors of the articles in this section for tackling issues related to adolescent sport-injury rehabilitation. These articles are a good start in forging deeper into age-related factors in the psychology of injury. I agree with Brewer when he says, ‘‘I hope that this collection of articles will serve as a springboard for further developmental inquiry on psychological aspects of sport injury . . . ’’ To help stimulate further developmental inquiry, the article will (1) briefly overview what it means to take a developmental perspective, (2) highlight desirable common themes among the articles, and (3) offer recommendations for future empirical inquiry on developmental athletic-injury psychology.

For Full Article: A Developmental Perspective

Weiss, Maureen R. 2003. “Psychological Aspects of Sport-Injury Rehabilitation: A Developmental Perspective.” Journal of Athletic Training 38 (2): 172.