Keeping the Body in Play: Pain, Injury, and Socialization in Male Rugby
Authors: Fenton, Lindsay T.; Pitter, Robert
Source: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 1 June 2010, vol. 81, no. 2, pp. 212-223(12)
Abstract:This paper discusses participant observation studies of two rugby seasons—one rural high school and one university club—in which one author served as a first aid provider and student athletic trainer, respectively. Through analysis using triangulation, we explored how the rules, athlete's status, and return-to-play boundary influenced decisions when the athlete was in pain and/or injured. The results varied between the groups, suggesting a need for further research on behavioral patterns of high school and university athletes. This study effectively illustrates how social pressure and an athlete's socialization affect individual responses to pain and/or injury and how both pressure an athlete to learn to physically tolerate increasing amounts of pain.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-06-01T00:00:00