The Buzzer’s Call: Understanding The Lived Experiences Of Injured Athletes, A Phenomenology
Volume 5 - Issue 1, Jan 2022 Edition
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Mirafe S. Clavaton, MPES, Azhaleigh Ingrid C. Gumangan, Danielle Frances Gwyneth G. Bay, Rhaine Marielle D. Castillo, Gabriel Edward P. Marquez, Nathaniel U. Surot, Tahani G. Moksir, Asher Bryce J. Benares, McNeil Joaquin D. Mercado
Coping Mechanisms, Injured Athletes, Injury, New Lifestyle, Phenomenological, Sports
Sports is a physical event and activity that makes use of exerting out body movements to release the force needed to be employed out of an athlete’s body to achieve. In sports, injuries happen due to the cause that athletes may have exerted all the effort their body can only give or due to reckless competitions. This study focuses on understanding the lived experiences of injured athletes while grasping the new lifestyle they have. Methods: Given this context, this qualitative phenomenological study captured the lived experiences of injured athletes who were at the receiving end of injuries. It aims to elucidate themes based on the responses of the participants relating to the central question: “How do injured players deal with their new lifestyle after having a sports injury?” Findings: Based on the verbal musings of the participants, and the clustering of their responses, four themes were created. These are: (1) Unfolding Epiphanies which includes Reflective Awakenings and Prioritizing Relationships; (2) Risen Awareness which includes Health Involvement and Heightened Consciousness; (3) Chapter Ending which includes Accepted Consequences and Prudential Redirection; (4) Greater Look-ins which includes Fine-Tuning and Beyond Comfort. Conclusion: Injured athletes had a change in their usual lifestyle from playing sports to supporting from afar and taking care of themselves. It was found that due to their injuries, they could not do their usual sports and entertainment activities and had to get used to building new coping mechanisms to help them recover from the suffering they are experiencing. Recommendations: As gathered on the result and findings of the study, the researchers recommend that future studies should go beyond the limitations of this study and explore more with different sports backgrounds for a more diversified research study. They also recommend the athletes to know more about the health risks it could pose as this could affect their future endeavors.
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