Psyche of the Injured Athlete: The Unspoken Truths

Psyche of the Injured Athlete

Psyche of the Injured Athlete: The Unspoken Truths by Dr Laura Miele, PhD presents an intimate look at what happens to athletes who suffer a debilitating, sport career-ending injury. The athlete’s identity, the sports family, the daily discipline and work to become an elite athlete are all gone. The psyche of the athlete is damaged, and there is little in place to help them find healing and wholeness.

The author describes her own journey as an elite basketball player who suffered a back injury that ended her promising career and left her on the sidelines. She shares the utter devastation, the consultations with numerous medical professionals searching for a way to rehabilitate and continue to play, and the realization that she needed to move on from her dream. She is an expert in fitness, sports and recreation with a PhD in Sports Psychology, and she brings her understanding of athletic identity, sports injury rehabilitation, and career-ending injury to bear on the lack of mental health resources available to injured athletes and to those who care for them.

This book is intended to help coaches, parents, medical practitioners, and the injured athletes themselves acknowledge the need for the body, mind and spirit all to be considered when evaluating the health and wellbeing of the injured athlete.

The seven comprehensive chapters cover Dr. Miele’s story, the role of sport in the identity of elite athletes, the loneliness and despair of an injured, depressed athlete, and finally her detailed solutions to help the injured athlete cope with and move beyond their injury, to transition out of sports and into a successful career and life. The insights from coaches and athletes sprinkled throughout the book corroborate and expand on the topics of athletics, injury, loss and recovery. Dr. Miele notes that athletes have everything they need to heal and move on if they are given the appropriate support. They are disciplined, they know how to work hard, and they are team players. With the right mental health resources and guidance, they can integrate their love of their sport into their life and come back strong.

Whether you are a parent, coach, doctor or athlete, this book is a must read. Better analysis and treatment are critical to the mental health of elite athletes, and you owe it to yourself or the athlete you care for to better understand the psyche of the injured athlete.

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Table of contents for Psyche of the Injured Athlete: The Unspoken Truths:
1. My Story
2. The Role of Sport
3. Th Psyche of the Injured Athlete
4. The Injury
5. Athletic Identity
6. How Can Sports Medicine Expedite the Healing Process?
7. A Comprehensive Platform to Impact the Psyches of All Athletes

About the author for Psyche of the Injured Athlete: The Unspoken Truths:
Dr. Laura Miele, PhD is an expert in fitness, sport and recreation with specific expertise in sports psychology, personal training, fitness facilities management, sport coaching and injury prevention. She is an accomplished athlete as well as an experienced trainer, coach and teacher. Dr. Miele played Division I basketball at Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona; was Tight End for the Arizona Caliente, of the Women’s Professional Football League; and was also a New York Golden Gloves semi-finalist in 2004. Additionally, she mentors physical education and sport psychology undergraduate students at Ohio University in Athens, OH. Dr. Miele holds a Doctorate in Sport Psychology, a Master’s in Education: Alternative Education/Minor: Education Administration and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. Laura is based in Abington, PA.

Book Details:
Title: Psyche of the Injured Athlete: The Unspoken Truths
Author: Laura Miele
Publisher: ‎ SkillBites LLC
Published: February 16, 2021
Language: ‎ English
Format: Paperback
Pages: 124
ISBN-10: ‎ 1952281385
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1952281389

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