Involvement in sporting activities requires high level of individual commitments. Sport is therefore, also regarded as a culture of risk (Roderick, 1998). A lot of time and effort is dedicated to practicing and perfection of abilities. When performances are good, athletes are able to define themselves and understand the role they play in athletics.Most athletes would wish to regain their form following a knee surgery. Waddington (2002) further states that sports give rise to a pattern of movement that involve sharp and intensive bursts of activity, often resulting to injuries. However, injuries are unexpected consequences rarely talked about, partly because they tarnish the image of sports.Return to contact sports generally takes place six months after ACL reconstruction (Kvist, 2004). This paper, therefore presents a review of literature on ACL, rehabilitation of patients and other self-protective changes in athletic identities.In addition is a summary of previous research works on ACL and knee damage. Other crucial coverage's in this paper include; a comprehensive analysis of adherence to ACL rehabilitation and factors affecting the outcome after injury. The main aim, however, is to ensure athletes recovery as fast as possible and in former shape just before injury.
All athletes would wish to regain their form after suffering an injury blow. However, ACL has been a major setback to achieving success. It disrupts normal activities and causes an athlete to be sidelined for a better part of his career. This paper, therefore, focus on how people, especially athletes, could recover from an injury. Whatever stops athletes from taking part in sports activities should be handled with a lot of care, and severe injuries top the list. Athletic identity has been considered a risk factor for poor adjustments after injuries, and therefore, the focus should be on getting an athlete to regain his abilities and take part in sports.
[...] According to Johnson (1997), or no athletes prepare themselves psychologically for a possible injury situation, and therefore presumably lack mental strategies to cope with a major sporting injury.” Occurrence of injuries always disrupt normal activity level of the body, this happens so abruptly that other important bodily composure for social identity is also lost in the process. In this case, therefore, surgery becomes one and only solution to this problem. However, Eastlack et al, (1997) states that is not empirically proven nor verified in the literature that one has to stop participating in sports after ACL injury.” Nonetheless, the fact remains that after an injury, an athlete would have no future if he does not go through ACL surgery, reconstruction and rehabilitation. After ACL reconstruction, the process of rehabilitation can be long and time consuming. [...]
[...] A realization of the connection between physical and psychological changes may allow professionals to better serve athletes during rehabilitation process. Changes in self-identity may sometimes be quite detrimental to an athlete's performance upon recovery, and for this reason, it is important that all athletes in rehabilitation process are kept within the realms of possibility and made to understand that they will recover and get back to sports soon. Professionals are, therefore, tasked with responsibility of identifying both physical and psychological progress in a patient and relate them to come up with the best way of helping athletes Survival during ACL rehabilitation The process of rehabilitation will require dedication and a lot of time. [...]
[...] They, however, felt powerless and passive in this unpleasant situation. Participants responded differently to this challenge, and these responses can be divided into three sections depending on, those who accepted the challenge, who did not accept the challenge and the ambivalent. Athletes who accepted the challenge in rehabilitation were convinced that they will succeed in returning to sports at pre-injury level. They were highly motivated and despite adversity, they knew they had to remain very active and goal oriented. They looked competitive and had a fighting spirit. [...]
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