chapter  8
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Self-talk in sport injury rehabilitation

ByNatalie Walker, Joanne Hudson

It is understood that most athletes engage in some form of self-talk.The thoughts an injured athlete has and the things they say to themselves regarding their injury are proposed to influence their emotions, behaviours and recovery outcomes (Wiese-Bjornstal, Smith, Shaffer and Morrey, 1998). However, the extent, frequency, content and type of self-talk can vary depending on the situation and the individual (Zinsser, Bunker and Williams, 2006). For example, the level at which the athlete competes at and skill type have been suggested as moderators of self-talk use (Tod, Hardy and Oliver, 2011).This chapter outlines the role of selftalk in sport injury rehabilitation by: (a) initially outlining the concept of self-talk in the wider context of sport, (b) introducing the different types of self-talk used in sport, (c) describing the functions of these different types of self-talk, (d) discussing the use of self-talk during rehabilitation and finally concluding with (e) an outline of the process of self-talk use during rehabilitation.