Sports Injuries Anxiety amongst High Level Soccer and Volleyball Players in Palestine
The purpose of this study was to determine the level of sports injuries anxiety (SIA) amongst high-level soccer and volleyball players in Palestine. Furthermore, it sought to determine the differences in SIA according to variables of game, playing experience, international participation, playing in national team, and position in team. The sample of study consisted of 91 players, (soccer and volleyball), and (Camille, 2006), A 29-item SIA scale was administered. The results of the study indicated that the level of SIA amongst high-level soccer and volleyball players in Palestine was moderate. The average for the total score was (53.05%), and the ranks order of SIA domains were as follow: domain of experiencing pain: 63.68%; domain of re-injury: 60.05%; domain of loss of athleticism: 56.22%; domain of having an impaired self-image: 50.99%; domain of losing social support: 47.14%; domain of being perceived as weak: 46.21%; and domain of letting down important others. Also, the results revealed that there were no significant differences in the level of SIA amongst high level soccer and volleyball players in Palestine due to game, playing experience, international participation, playing in national team, and position in team variables. Based on the findings of the study, the researchers recommend that the coaches must recognize that the physical technical and physiological abilities are insufficient to judge the player’s return to play after the injury, they must take care of the psychological preparation of players, and take advantage of the global models such as the model of Taylor and Taylor, 1997.