Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2024

Document Type

Research Paper

Publication Title

Psychology of Athletes: Impact of Injuries on Mental Health


Whittier Scholars Program

First Advisor

Melanie Householder


This article aims to contextualize the importance of understanding injuries in athletics and how those injuries impact mental health. With such a high prevalence of injuries in athletics, most studies analyze the physical implications on the athlete. It is vital that mental well being is studied as much as physical health throughout the injury and rehabilitation process. This study reviewed previous literature on the social impacts of team sports, psychological and social implications of injury, the impact of residual pain, and finally the process of retirement. A survey was also conducted at a small liberal arts college in Southern California to get a sample population of athletes and retired athletes. This survey looks to analyze the impacts of sport injuries on the mental health of these athletes.