Table 2

Characteristics of athletes who cope successfully with sports injury

CharacteristicFrequency (%)
This was an open ended question in which physiotherapists were asked to list the top four observed characteristics.
Compliance with the rehabilitation/treatment programme54
Positive attitude/approach to life and injury40
Motivation within the rehabilitation programme28
Patience with themselves and the injury programme28
Determination24
Good listening skills19
Understanding of injury19
Realistic expectations16
Intelligence13
Commitment10