College of Health Sciences
Department of Kinesiology
Dr. Eric Martin
Injuries disrupt an athlete’s training, causing a regression in skill and fitness acquisition. Injuries can be acute (sudden) or chronic (due to overuse), and the causes of injury can be biomechanical, physiological, or psychological. One psychological aspect, sport passion, could have implications for athletic injuries. There are two types of passion, obsessive and harmonious, each with a different characterization and outcome. Obsessive passion is characterized by over-identification with the activity and an impulsive desire to participate, leading to maladaptive behaviors. Harmonious passion is characterized by a strong but controllable desire to participate, leading to positive outcomes. This study examined the relationship between injury prevalence and type, sport type (individual or team), and sport passion. The results showed that no significant differences existed between the type of injury and levels of passion. However, injured athletes had significantly higher levels of harmonious passion than non-injured athletes. Additionally, sport type was found to influence passion as team sport athletes had significantly higher levels of obsessive passion compared to individual sport athletes. These results suggest that the influence of passion is individualized and coaches must adapt training to fit each athlete.
Ostrander, Allie and Martin, Eric, "The Interaction of Passion and Sport Type on Injury Among Collegiate Athletes" (2019). 2019 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. 124.