Pain and Injury in Sport: Social and Ethical Analysis

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For elite athletes, pain and injury are normal. In a challenge to the orthodox medical model, this book makes it clear that pain and injury cannot be understood in terms of physiology alone, and examines the influence of social and cultural processes on how athletes experience pain and injury. It raises a series of key social and ethical questions about the culture of 'playing hurt', the role of coaches and medical staff, the deliberate infliction of pain in sport, and the use of drugs.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This text is essiential reading for anyone who wants to understand more about the culture of elite sport.' - The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 8, July 2006

'Overall, I liked this book a great deal and those of us who treat athletes would find many items of interest. There is plenty to challenge the clinician and it is generally well written. The evidence base varies greatly between chapters, but this is largely the function of the various topics under review. This book should be in the libraries of major sports institutes.' - BJSM C Milne

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415357036
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/9/2006
  • Series: Ethics and Sport Series
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Sigmund Loland is Professor and Head of Section of Sport, Culture and Society at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo. Berit Skirstad is Associate Professor and responsible for Sport Management at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo. Ivan Waddington is Visiting Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo; the Centre for Research into Sport and Society, University College Chester, UK; and the Centre for Sports Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland.

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Table of Contents



Section I Pain and Injury in Sports: Three Overviews

1 The Sociology of Pain and Injury in Sport: Main Perspectives and Problems
Martin Roderick

2 Sport and the Psychology of Pain
Kirsten Kaya Roessler

3 Three Approaches to the Study of Pain in Sport
Sigmund Loland

Section II Pain, Injury and Performance

4 The Place of Pain in Running
John Bale

5 Pains and Strains on the Ice: Some thoughts on the Physical and Mental Struggles of Polar Adventurers
Matti Goks√łyr

6 Injured Female Athletes: Experiential Accounts from England and Canada
Hannah Charlesworth and Kevin Young

Section III The Deliberate Infliction of Pain and Injury

7 Sport and the Systematic Infliction of Pain: a Case Study of State Sponsored Mandatory Doping in East Germany
Giselher Spitzer

8 Pain and Injury in Boxing: The Medical Profession Divided
Ken Sheard

9 The Intentional Infliction of Pain in Sport: Ethical Perspectives
Jim Parry

Section IV The Management of Pain and Injury

10 Sports Medicine: A very Peculiar Practice? Doctors and Physiotherapists in Elite English Rugby Union
Dominic Malcolm

11 Ethical Problems in the Medical Management of Sports Injuries: a Case Study of English Professional Football
Ivan Waddington

12 The Ontology of Sports Injuries and Professional Medical Ethics
Yotam Lurie

13 The Role of Injury in the Organization of Paralympic Sport
P. David Howe

Section V The Meaning of Pain and Injury

14 Suffering in and for Sport: Some Philosophical Remarks on a Painful Emotion
Mike McNamee

15 Pain, Suffering and Paradox in Sport and Religion
Jeffrey P. Fry

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