Cai Yuqiong *, Liu Zelei * and Sun Long **
(*) Department of Physical Education, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, Liaoning, P. R. China
(**) School of Psychology, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, Liaoning, P. R. China
Yuqiong, C., Zelei, L., Long, S. (2023). Adaptation and validity of the Sports Injury Anxiety Scale in Chinese collegiate athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 54(1), 1-15. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2023.54.001
This study aimed to revise the Sports Injury Anxiety Scale (SIAS) and assess its reliability and validity among Chinese collegiate athletes. Six hundred thirty collegiate athletes aged from 17 to 27 years old agreed to complete the Sports In- jury Anxiety Scale and a Chinese version of the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK). The results showed that the final Chinese version of the SIAS contained 6 factors, including loss of athleticism, being perceived as weak, experiencing pain, loss of social support, reinjury and letting down important others. Second, all factors of the SIAS were moderately or weakly correlated with the TSK, in- dicating that the validity of the SIAS was acceptable. Third, female athletes had significantly higher levels of anxiety than male athletes with respect to losing athleticism, being perceived as weak, letting down important others and loss of social support. More importantly, significant differences in the factor of anxiety related to experiencing pain were found among athletes with different num- bers of injuries or risk of injury. Conclusion: The Chinese version of the SIAS is a reliable, valid and highly useful instrument in assessing sports injury anxiety.
Keywords: Sports injury; Anxiety; Risk of injury; Sports injury anxiety