Sports Injury Recovery Group

A specialized support group for college athletes recovering from a severe sports injury

The Sports Injury Recovery Group (SIRG) is a specialized support group for eligible college athletes with a severe sports injury facilitated by faculty and complemented by graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition who are trained in the Applied Sports Psychology and Injury Research and Education Lab.

Athletes are coached to gain insight, develop skills and an understanding of severe sports injury and emotional recovery, cope with severe injury, solve situational and emotional problems, develop a mental game plan, improve their confidence, lower anxiety and develop resilience.

Participant benefits include increased social support through shared experiences; heightened self-awareness resulting in less anxiety; skills to build self-confidence; and reduced fear and worry in the return to play phase.

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Group levels

Our group format has three levels. Each level is an organized program:

Level 1 is four weekly structured sessions introducing essential skills for coping with severe injury. Athletes can choose what four weeks in sequence they would like to participate in from the list of dates below.

Level 2 is an eight-week, bi-weekly structured program extending knowledge and skills gained in level 1.

Level 3 is a tailored program for individuals who complete levels 1 and 2, and require unique support because of the duration and difficulty of their injury recovery process.

Everyone starts at level 1 so that foundation knowledge, understanding and skills are established. After four weeks you graduate into level two and so on. This is because emotional recovery is linked to learning, routines, goals, plans, actions and coping. A long-term injury requires a long-term approach.

There is no fee for participants in 2022 to 2023.

Level 1 group details

Level 1 group members will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays from 7-8:15 pm CST. Athletes can choose any four weeks in sequence to participate and will receive a unique Zoom link before each group meeting. Sessions are limited to 12 athletes.

  • August 2022: 8/24 and 8/31
  • September 2022: 9/7,9/14, 9/21, and 9/28
  • October 2022: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, and 10/26
  • November 2022: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, and 11/30
  • December 2022: 12/7 and 12/14
  • January 2023: 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, and 1/25
  • February 2023: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, and 2/22
  • March 2023: 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, and 3/29
  • April 2023: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, and 4/26

Level 2 group details

To be announced. Sessions are limited to 12 athletes.

Our team

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    John Coumbe-Lilley

    Clinical Professor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Mental Performance Coach

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    Karrie Hamstra-Wright

    Clinical Professor and Certified Athletic Trainer

Is SIRG right for me?

  • Do you expect to be recovering for 12-weeks or longer from your injury?
  • Do you feel isolated because of your severe injury?
  • Do you need more emotional support?
  • Do you feel like no one in your life understands what you’re going through?
  • Do you need help finding ways to cope with your situation?
  • Do you feel uncertain about how to approach your recovery?
If you said yes to any of those questions, SIRG might be able to help you. Complete the intake form and start learning about how to strengthen your recovery.

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