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ELFERING, Achim; GREBNER, Simone; SCHWANDER, Lynn  and  WATTINGER, Mirjam. Sports after busy work: work-related cognitive failure corresponds to risk bearing behaviors and athletic injury. Escritos de Psicología [online]. 2014, vol.7, n.1, pp.43-54. ISSN 1989-3809.

Although employees are encouraged to take exercise after work to keep physically fit, they should not suffer injury. Some sports injuries that occur after work appear to be work-related and preventable. This study investigated whether cognitive failure mediates the influence of mental work demands and conscientiousness on risk-taking and risky and unaware behaviour during after-work sports activities. Participants were 129 employees (36% female) who regularly took part in team sports after work. A structural equation model showed that work-related cognitive failure significantly mediated the influence of mental work demands on risky behaviour during sports (p < .05) and also mediated the directional link between conscientiousness and risky behaviour during sports (p < .05). A path from risky behaviour during sports to sports injuries in the last four weeks was also significant (p < .05). Performance constraints, time pressure, and task uncertainty are likely to increase cognitive load and thereby boost cognitive failures both during work and sports activities after work. Some sports injuries after work could be prevented by addressing the issue of work redesign.

Keywords : Sport; Occupational Stress; Sports Injuries; Prevention.

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