The occurrence of compassion fatigue amongst sports therapists

by Dr Stephen Pack and Christopher Roberts, Division of Sport, Health, and Exercise, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Wednesday 22nd August 2012 - Article 3

Sports therapy has been described as a care profession, and yet little research exists regarding the factors which promote or hinder the caring/working relationship between practitioner and client/patient. Compassion fatigue occurs when individuals are unable to continue bearing the trauma of others, and might lead to a significant reduction in well-being and work capacity in a care profession. Yet whilst compassion fatigue has been studied in many healthcare professions, no research to date has focussed on its prevalence in sport therapy.

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