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ERIC Number: EJ980282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Keeping the Body in Play: Pain, Injury, and Socialization in Male Rugby
Fenton, Lindsay T.; Pitter, Robert
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v81 n2 p212-223 Jun 2010
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. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada