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Injured athlete support group: Evaluation of a pilot program

Injured collegiate athletes are in need of additional resources to improve their psychosocial functioning and effective coping, and to facilitate their recovery. However, access to these services is limited and there are little data demonstrating how best to support this vulnerable population. This research initiative assessed the efficacy of an injured-athlete support group at Stanford University on domains of psychological functioning and adaptive coping, and determined how well student-athlete needs were being met. Findings from this research have the potential to improve the well-being of student-athletes at Stanford University and at other NCAA-affiliated institutions.