A preliminary development of the Re-Injury Anxiety Inventory (RIAI)

Natalie Walker, Joanne Thatcher, David Edmond Lavallee

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    The present paper outlines the initial development of an instrument to measure re-injury anxiety.

    Face, content and factorial validity were examined over three stages of exploratory factor analyses.Participants248 injured sport participants completed the scale.

    A 28-item measure was produced to measure re-injury anxiety, comprising of two factors: re-injury anxieties regarding rehabilitation (RIA-R: 15 items) and re-injury anxieties regarding returning to training/competition (RIA-RE: 13 items). These two factors accounted for 80.56% of the total variance. The internal consistency for both factors was above the .70 criterion value; rehabilitation re-injury anxiety (alpha = .98); re-entry into competition re-injury anxiety (alpha = .96).

    Future research needs to test the proposed 2-factor model presented in the current research using confirmatory factor analysis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-29
    Number of pages7
    JournalPhysical Therapy in Sport
    Issue number1
    Early online date28 Oct 2009
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


    • Re-injury anxiety
    • Fear of re-injury;
    • Re-Injury Anxiety Inventory
    • Psychological assessment


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