Storying Sports Injury Experiences of Elite Track Athletes: A Narrative Analysis
MetadataShow full item record
Abstract Objective: Taking a social and cultural perspective, this study extends research in the field of sport injury psychology by storying elite track athletes’ injury experiences to identify dominant socio-cultural narratives that structure their tales. Methods: Fifteen elite track athletes participated. Data collection spanned 18 months and involved two methods of collection: life-story interviews and timelining. A total of 42 interviews were collected. Dialogical narrative analysis was used to identify the narrative typologies. Results: Six narrative typologies were identified: Resilience, Merry-Go-Round, Longevity, Pendulum, Snowball, and More-to-Me. Conclusion: This study extends the sport injury psychology evidence-base by highlighting how socio-cultural practices and processes influenced the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours of athletes throughout the full spectrum of injury. By creating and sharing narratives of injury, we can expand the opportunities available to athletes to enable them to make sense of their injury experiences in diverse and meaningful ways.
Psychology of Sport and Exercise;
Everard, C., Wadey, R. & Howells, K. (2021) 'Storying Sports Injury Experiences of Elite Track Athletes: A Narrative Analysis', Psychology of Sport and Exercise. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.102007
Article published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.102007
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
- Sport Research Groups 
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
A Narrative on How a Long Term Knee Injury has Changed the Athletes Perceptions of their Body Image and Self? Cragg, Anna-Marie (University of Wales, 2011)The study aims to add to existing research in addition to giving the reader an insight into how an elite individual performer copes with the emotions and stress which injury brings. The study is a self-narrative autoethnography ...
Thornton, Jakob (2013-02)Informed by interpretivist and interactionist perspectives, this research on Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition, examines cultural narratives of the disorder, as well the personal narratives of elite ...
An Exploration of Career Ending Sporting Injury and the Loss of Athletic Identity in One Elite Rugby Player. John, Sophie (University of Wales, 2011-10-25)The purpose of this study was to explore one elite athlete’s experience of a career terminating sporting injury and its effects on athletic identity. The participant experienced a spinal cord injury whilst playing rugby ...