Take a mental break! Mental recovery to prevent running-related injuries

June 16th, 2016 - June 15th, 2020

Project description
Running is one of the most popular sports in the Netherlands, but also a sport with very high injury rates. Most running-related injuries are due to overuse or overtraining, which may be especially a problem in obsessive runners with an obsessive/compulsive attitude towards their running activities and performance. Research has shown that sport has physical as well as mental (i.e. cognitive and emotional) aspects. From a work and organisational psychology perspective, mental recovery strategies (for example psychological detachment; not thinking about work) have a positive influence on subsequent health and well-being of employees. This PhD project focuses on implementing, adapting, and further developing theories from work and organizational psychology in the sports (running) context to lower the incidence of running-related injuries in runners. This project is also part of the ZonMw Sportblessurepreventie call, in which an intervention with an accompanying application will be developed to promote mental recovery strategies (e.g., psychological detachment) and prevent running injuries.

Project Members
·        VACANT
·        Prof. dr. Jan de Jonge (TU/e)
·        Prof. dr. Steven Vos (TU/e)
·        Dr. Wido Oerlemans (TU/e) 

Progress
This project started in June, 2016. The first study has been conducted in October and a pilot-intervention will be conducted in March-April 2017. 

Publications
·        In progress 

Contact Person
Prof. dr. Jan de Jonge
Phone: +31 (0)40 247 2243
E-mail: J.d.Jonge@tue.nl