1st Edition

Creative Nonfiction in Sport and Exercise Research

Edited By Francesca Cavallerio Copyright 2022
    194 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    194 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Academics around the world recognise the effectiveness of storytelling as a way to engage audiences in conversations, raising awareness of issues, and encouraging change. Stories are now seen as the best medium to convey information to diverse audiences.

    This book explores a novel approach to representing research findings through the adoption of creative nonfictional stories (CNF). At a time when dissemination of scientific research is constantly highlighted as a fundamental aspect for academics, CNF represents an opportunity to effectively communicate science to non-academic audiences through stories.

    By providing practical examples of how to transform findings into compelling stories rooted in data, following the mantra of showing rather than telling, which characterises CNF, Creative Nonfiction in Sport and Exercise Research helps researchers – qualitative, quantitative, established professors, and students – to turn their research into stories.

    A unique contribution to the field, this book is the first in the sport and exercise research field to take scholars on a discovery jouney, moving from their classic realist to a more creative, compelling, but still rigorous representation of research findings. The book features chapters written by authors from different sport research backgrounds, who present the findings of a previously published ‘classic’ study rewritten in the form of a story. Reflective chapters focusing on the how-to and the challenges of this creative analytical practice complete the work, to support scholars in developing their creative skills.


    Francesca Cavallerio

    Part 1: Learning the Craft of Creative Nonfiction

    1. "Where Do I Start?": Getting to Grips with Creative Nonfiction

    Francesca Cavallerio

    2. From Telling to Showing: An account of Developing a Creative Nonfiction

    Laura Martinelli, Melissa Day, and Francesca Cavallerio

    Part 2: From Realist Tales to Creative Nonfiction

    3. The Daily Grind: Being a Parent of a Competitive Junior Tennis Player

    Camilla J. Knight and Chris G. Harwood

    4. (Re)assembling ‘Balance’: A Creative Nonfiction of Athlete Mothers Negotiating Sport and Family

    Kerry R. McGannon and Jenny McMahon

    5. ‘I’m Hurting but I’m Buzzing’: The Lived Experience of ‘Positive Pain’ in Competitive SwimmingGareth McNarry, Adam B. Evans, and Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

    6. The Backstage of ‘Seeing’ Performance: Developing the ‘Seen’ and ‘Unseen’ of Coaching

    Charlie L. T. Corsby

    7. Filtering and Finding a New Way: A Creative Nonfiction of Soccer Coaches’ Professional Learning

    Anna Stodter

    8. The Emergence and Perpetuation of a Destructive Culture in a British Olympic Sport

    Niels Boysen Feddersen

    9. Re-Building and Re-Discovering after Emotionally Abusive Experiences

    Gretchen Kerr and Erin Willson

    Part 3: Moving Beyond "just" Creative Nonfiction

    10. Learning the Craft: Confessions on Writing Creative Nonfiction

    Francesca Cavallerio and Ross Wadey

    11. Exploring Visual Storytelling as a Vehicle for Creative Nonfiction

    Rebecca Palmer and Francesca Cavallerio



    Francesca Cavallerio is a Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Psychology in the School of Psychology and Sport Science at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.