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Earvin Magic Johnson the 20-year-old rookie had to assume Abdul-Jabbars position at center Johnson sky-hooked and rebounded the Lakers to victory with 42 points 15 rebounds 7 assists and 3 steal He even jumped for the opening tap Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award In the first month 7-2 Tom Burleson of the Atlanta Hawks fell on Johnsons left knee forcing him to miss 45 games with a torn cartilage He came back in time for the Lakers best-of-3 playoff series against the Houston Rockets After this injury in the locker room the reporters heard him to say The pain of an injury can be excruciating mentally as well as physically Earvin Magic Johnson Johnson Johnson 1989 p 194 Introduction Can a sport injury be excruciating mentally as well physically Is out there enough data concerning the relationship between sports injuries and psychological factors in rehabilitation Do any psychological techniques exist to reduce pain and accelerate recovery How do professional players are able to come back from severe injuries how do they manage the pain We will try to answer these questions exposing how the different psychological aspects of rehabilitation help to recover athletes from a sport injury Furthermore we will provide with several theories and techniques that help cope with pain and improve the process of rehabilitation and recovery Pain Rehabilitation Rehabilitation is a treatment designed to facilitate the process of recovery from injury illness or disease up to as normal a condition as possible The sole purpose of rehabilitation is to restore some or all of the patients physical sensory and mental capabilities that were lost due to injury illness or disease Positivism Over the last decade the power of positive thinking has been a dominant theme among various sectors in our society Wiese-Bjornstal 2002 states that optimistic views of life holding positive attitude expectancies and behaving in positive ways have been
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