Capitalizing on the placebo component of treatments

Beedie, C., Foad, A. and Hurst, P. (2015) Capitalizing on the placebo component of treatments. Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR), 14 (4). pp. 284-287. ISSN 1537-890X.


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A placebo treatment is traditionally administered in a double-blind, randomized controlled trial to control for the ‘real’ effects of the treatment under investigation. In the present paper a broader view of the placebo is proposed, one in which the idea of a potentially ‘useable’ placebo component of a sports or exercise medicine treatment is presented. It is argued that many interventions in sport and exercise psychology might contain a placebo component that could be capitalized upon by practitioners, through processes often as simple as communicating positive expectations of a treatment to clients. Research findings relating to factors that might influence an individual’s response to a placebo, such as personality, situation and genetics, are briefly addressed. Ethical considerations for practice and future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
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Depositing User: Chris Beedie
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 11:02
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 15:31

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