Table 5

Important psychological skills/techniques for physiotherapists to learn

1 = Not important; 5 = Very important.
Setting realistic goals4.151.32
Understanding individual motivation4.021.17
Creating variety in rehabilitation exercises4.001.30
Encouraging positive self thoughts3.821.15
Reducing stress/anxiety3.761.12
Enhancing listening skills of physiotherapist3.761.21
Using effective communication3.631.19
Teaching concentration skills3.301.23
Teaching muscular relaxation techniques3.251.26
Reducing depression3.061.23
Teaching the use of mental imagery2.921.24
Teaching emotional control strategies2.921.18
Enhancing self confidence of injured athlete2.911.02
Improving social support for the athlete2.261.12