LOSS OF IDENTITY AND BODY-MIND UNITY IN A FEMALE ATHLETE WHEN EXPERIENCING A LONG-TERM ILLNESS
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This sociological study explores the experiences of an individual suffering from illness in sport. Identifying the effects this has on mind-body relationship and identity. Through the method of an ethnographic case study, the research aims to present the experiences of a female athlete and explores her constant mind- body struggle and efforts to hold onto past selves. This study provides a scope for healthcare professionals and coaches to develop aftercare for athletes that have experienced an injury or illness. Research into athletic embodiment and identity phenomenon in illness is limited (Sparkes 2004 and Stewart, Sparkes and Smith 2011). This study aims to address the current lack of literature regarding illness in sport, providing an opportunity for future research to be considered.