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Acción Psicológica

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GOMEZ-ESPEJO, Verónica; ALVAREZ, Irma; ABENZA, Lucía  and  OLMEDILLA, Aurelio. Analysis of the Relationship Between Social Support and Injuries in Federated Football Players. Acción psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.14, n.1, pp.57-64. ISSN 2255-1271.

The aim of this study was to determine if there were differences between a group of players who have been injured the previous season and one of players who have not been injured in the levels of social support perceived by the players. The sample consisted of 219 senior football players (80.1 %) and federated football (19.9 %) at the regional level. Of these, 138 football players formed the group of those who did not suffer any sport injury during the previous season and 81 who suffered one or more injuries. The study variables were perceived social support and sports injuries, assessed by the Multidimensional Scale of Social Perceived Support (Landeta y Calvete, 2002) and an ad hoc instrument, respectively. The results show that the group of players non-injured players, compared to the group of injured players, had higher levels of social support in three areas of this (friends support M = 24.05 vs. M = 23.77; family support M = 24.71 vs. M = 24.19; and support from other relevant people M = 24.74 vs. M = 23.71), although these differences were not statistically significant (p = .708; p = .443; p = .143). We cannot say that the provision of social support for soccer players serve to prevent sports injuries, although there are differences between the group of injured and uninjured group, but these have not been significant.

Keywords : sport injuries; social support; football players.

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