Personality differences amongst drag racers and archers: implications for sport injury rehabilitation

Cohen, Rhonda ORCID logoORCID:, Baluch, Bahman ORCID logoORCID: and Duffy, Linda Jane ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Personality differences amongst drag racers and archers: implications for sport injury rehabilitation. Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, 14 (5) . pp. 783-790. ISSN 2288-176X [Article] (doi:10.12965/jer.1836350.175)

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Personality trait of an athlete is a significant factor in sports injury rehabilitation. The aim of the present study is to investigate whether there are differences in personality traits between male and female, professional and amateur athletes from sports representing two ends of extreme to traditional namely; drag racing and archery. Overall 189 male and female, professional and amateur drag racers (n=144) and archers (n=45) took part in this study. Participants completed the personality traits of extroversion and neuroticism as measured by Eysenck’s classic Personality Inventory dimensions and thrill and adventure seeking (TAS), experience seeking (ES), disinhibition (DIS), boredom susceptibility (BS), and sensation seeking (SS) as measured by Zuckerman’s Sensation Seeking Scale. The results showed that professionals scored significantly lower on neuroticism compared to amateurs. Drag racers scored significantly higher on TAS, DIS, and SS compared to archers and there were gender differences amongst archers on TAS and SS with males scoring higher than females. Such differences in personality factors and the readiness to take risks, lack of caution, and adventurous spirit can influence the risk of injury in athletes and indeed may influence the outcome of rehabilitation. Practitioners would need to recognise difference in personality traits associated with the type of sport and the choice of interventions strategies.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute
Item ID: 25393
Notes on copyright: Copyright © 2018 Korean Society of Exercise Rehabilitation. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2018 10:05
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