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Musculoskeletal Injuries and Depression in Athletes

The Correlation and Prevention

Hitshew, Jordan PA-S1

JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants: July-September 2019 - Volume 7 - Issue 3 - p e0049
doi: 10.2106/JBJS.JOPA.18.00049
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It has been documented that athletic musculoskeletal injury can cause psychological consequences such as depression. Studies have shown athletes who experience injury report significantly greater rates of depression than noninjured athletes. Understanding athletes' psychosocial responses to injury will assist medical providers in assessing the athlete's holistic needs to ensure proper recovery and prevent further harm such as depression. The purposes of this article are to (1) assess the current literature on the correlation between depressive symptoms in adolescent and collegiate athletes with musculoskeletal injuries and (2) identify ways for providers to prevent injury and the correlated depression.

1University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program, Columbia, South Carolina

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