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Personality Traits in Swedish High School Alpine Skier: A Comparison between Injured and Uninjured Skiers
Stockholm Sports Trauma Research Center, Karolinska Institutet. (Swedish Winter Sport Research Centre)
Stockholm Sports Trauma Research Center, Karolinska Institutet.
Stockholm Sports Trauma Research Center, Karolinska Institutet.
Department of Psychiatry, Norrtälje hospital.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy, ISSN 2161-0487, Vol. 5, no 4, 1000192Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Prevention of alpine ski injuries is less studied when it comes to psychological aspects. The aim of the present investigation was to study if there were any relationships between some personality traits and alpine ski injuries. Additionally, find out if gender could be a significant factor in these relationships.

Methods: 298  alpine  skiers (139  males,  159  females) at  a  Swedish  ski  high  school  completed  the  Swedish universities Scales of Personality (SSP). SSP is a self-report personality inventory containing 91 items divided into 13 subscales regarding e.g. stress susceptibility, impulsivity and sensation seeking behavior. Three groups of skiers were analyzed those without any injuries, with one injury, and with two or more injuries.

Results: Injury rate was significantly related to stress susceptibility (p=0,046) with higher values for the uninjured skiers and the lowest values for the group with higher injury rates (for both males and females). No signficant relationships were found between adventure seekiing, impulsivity, and anxiety proness and injury rate.

Conclusion: Stress susceptibility seems to be a preventing factor in alpine skiing injuries among skiers 16-20 years old.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 4, 1000192
Keyword [en]
Adolescents, Alpine skiing, Competitive skiers, Personality characteristics, Sports injury, Stress
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Health Sciences Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-28648DOI: 10.4172/2161-0487.1000192OAI: diva2:956547
Available from: 2016-08-30 Created: 2016-08-29 Last updated: 2016-09-08Bibliographically approved

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