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Self-efficacy, sports, and rehabilitation: Implications for therapeutic recreation

Anne M. Cornett, BS, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, PhD, CTRS


As the military medical trauma care system continues to improve and become more effective at preserving the lives of veterans wounded in combat, recreation therapists are confronted with an increasing number of individuals facing rehabilitation for complex injuries that were once fatal. This article explores the literature surrounding the use of sports programming in improving self-efficacy perceptions among individuals with physical disabilities. In addition, the relationship between improved self-efficacy perceptions and attitudes toward rehabilitation will be examined. Grounded in the existing evidence, implications for the therapeutic recreation treatment process are presented.


self-efficacy, rehabilitation, sport, disability, recreation therapy, veterans

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