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Wrestling with a ghost: facing an opponent I can neither see nor clinch – the experience of professional wrestlers who have suffered an ACL injury
Sahlgrenska Sports Medicine Center, Gothenburg, Sweden; Health and Rehabilitation, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Lund, Sweden.
Lund, Sweden.
Division of Physiotherapy, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Sport Without Injury ProgrammE (SWIPE), Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Swedish Olympic Committee, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2024 (English)In: BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, ISSN 2055-7647, Vol. 10, no 1, article id e001782Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explored professional wrestlers’ experiences of the consequences of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and their perception of whether the ACL injury could have been prevented. We interviewed 10 professional wrestlers (60% women, age range 21–34) treated with ACL reconstruction with semistructured interviews. Transcripts were analysed using qualitative content analysis: One major theme, ‘Wrestling with a ghost: facing an opponent I can neither see nor clinch’, supported by five main categories, emerged from the collected data. The five main categories were: My ACL injury: bad luck or bad planning?; The way back: a fight to return to sport; Only performance counts; The injury’s impact on life: a wrestling with emotions; In hindsight, personal growth. Professional wrestlers who experienced an ACL injury expressed that not only the injury itself but also the subsequent recovery posed major challenges that they did not know how to deal with and that, in some cases, ended the athletes’ wrestling careers. Professional wrestlers attributed their ACL injuries to bad luck or large training loads and wished that they had more support from the wrestling community when injured.

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BMJ Publishing Group , 2024. Vol. 10, no 1, article id e001782
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Physiotherapy; Centre - Centre for Sports and Performance Technology (SPORTC)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-104888DOI: 10.1136/bmjsem-2023-001782PubMedID: 38481557Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85187703011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-104888DiVA, id: diva2:1846961
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Validerad;2024;Nivå 1;2024-04-04 (joosat);

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Funder: Research & Development Centre for Gothenburg and Southern Bohuslän; Swedish Olympic Comittee;

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