Narratives of Chronic Pain in Sport

Day, Melissa C. and Hunt, Emily (2019) Narratives of Chronic Pain in Sport. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 13 (1). pp. 1-26. ISSN 1932-9261

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Sports injury research has predominantly focused on acute injuries, often overlooking the complexities that may be associated with chronic injury. Consequently, the aim of the present study was to understand the experiences of individuals who continued to take part in sport with a chronic injury. Using a narrative methodology, 10 athletes who had experienced chronic pain for at least one year took part in interviews which asked them to narrate their story of pain. Results identify the imprisonment metaphor used to describe chronic injury and consider that the causes of this imprisonment may be both physical and environmental. Further, this study illustrates how athletes have coped with chronic pain, emphasizing the body-self relationship and the difficulties associated with adapted sport. These findings have important implications for practitioners working with injured athletes, emphasizing that the experiences of athletes in chronic pain may differ considerably from those in acute pain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Research Centres > CCASES
Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
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Depositing User: Melissa Day
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 09:19
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2019 17:02

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