Honors Projects

Abstract

Physical therapy is a field that is growing and changing constantly. For so long, it was assumed that physical healing should be the sole focus of physical therapy. While this is an important aspect of the rehabilitation process, there is so much more to it than that. The psychological trauma a person may experience following an injury can be just as challenging, if not more challenging to overcome than the physical repercussions of the injury. For this reason, it is important to take psychological healing into consideration, as well as physical healing when creating best practices for physical therapists. The following review assesses the existing literature that establishes the psychology of injury, the best practices in physical therapy and the best practices in physical therapy based on the psychology of injury.

Department

Exercise Science

Major

Exercise Science

First Advisor

Jessica Kiss

First Advisor Department

Exercise Science

Second Advisor

Dryw Dworsky

Second Advisor Department

Psychology

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2018

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