Talented athletes use metacognitive (self regulatory) skills to improve their performance. It is known that these skills are important for managing one's health. These metacognitive or self-regulatory skills include planning, self-monitoring, evaluation, and reflection. The results of this study showed moderate or low self-monitoring skills were associated with more time loss due to overuse injuries as compared to those with high self-monitoring skills.
The take home is that self-monitoring may help athletes prevent overuse injuries and reduce time loss due to these injuries. Coaches should be aware that athletes can differ in self-monitoring ability and thus in the ability to prevent overuse injuries.
van der Sluis, A, Brink, MS, Pluim, BM, Verhagen, EALM, Elferink‐Gemser, MT, Visscher, C. Self‐regulatory skills: Are they helpful in the prevention of overuse injuries in talented tennis players? Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2019; 00: 1– 9. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.13420 - 2 hours ago