Big game coming up tonight! FiveThirtyEight’s Elo rating system narrowly predicts the #Warriors. What’s heavily influencing the outcome of the series are injuries plaguing some of the top performers and their clearance to play during the finals. Here’s an interesting piece on the topic Well-Come Back! Professional Basketball Players Perceptions of Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors Influencing a Return to Pre-injury Levels (2019) by Conti et al via Front. Psychol.
“Moreover, of the studies examining psychosocial factors influencing return to competitive sport levels, few have focused on professional athletes, and to our awareness, none have focused on the sport of basketball. As Heil (1993) asserts, elite athletes can serve as templates for others given their strong achievement orientation, their task focus, and ability to handle pain.” ~ Conti et al (2019)