1st Edition

Pain and Injury in Sport Social and Ethical Analysis

Edited By Sigmund Loland, Berit Skirstad, Ivan Waddington Copyright 2006
    288 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    For elite athletes, pain and injury are normal. In a challenge to the orthodox medical model, this book makes it clear that pain and injury cannot be understood in terms of physiology alone, and examines the influence of social and cultural processes on how athletes experience pain and injury. It raises a series of key social and ethical questions about the culture of 'playing hurt', the role of coaches and medical staff, the deliberate infliction of pain in sport, and the use of drugs.

    This book begins by providing three different perspectives on the topic of pain and injury in sport, and goes on to discuss:

    * pain, injury and performance
    * the deliberate infliction of pain and injury
    * the management of pain and injury
    * the meaning of pain and injury.





    Section I      Pain and Injury in Sports: Three Overviews

    1   The Sociology of Pain and Injury in Sport: Main Perspectives and Problems
    Martin Roderick

    2   Sport and the Psychology of Pain
    Kirsten Kaya Roessler

    3   Three Approaches to the Study of Pain in Sport
    Sigmund Loland

    Section II      Pain, Injury and Performance

    4   The Place of Pain in Running
    John Bale

    5   Pains and Strains on the Ice: Some thoughts on the Physical and Mental Struggles of Polar Adventurers
    Matti Goks√łyr

    6   Injured Female Athletes: Experiential Accounts from England and Canada
    Hannah Charlesworth and Kevin Young

    Section III      The Deliberate Infliction of Pain and Injury

    7   Sport and the Systematic Infliction of Pain: a Case Study of State Sponsored Mandatory Doping in East Germany
    Giselher Spitzer

    8   Pain and Injury in Boxing: The Medical Profession Divided
    Ken Sheard

    9   The Intentional Infliction of Pain in Sport: Ethical Perspectives
    Jim Parry

    Section IV      The Management of Pain and Injury

    10    Sports Medicine: A very Peculiar Practice? Doctors and Physiotherapists in Elite English Rugby Union
    Dominic Malcolm

    11    Ethical Problems in the Medical Management of Sports Injuries: a Case Study of English Professional Football
    Ivan Waddington

    12    The Ontology of Sports Injuries and Professional Medical Ethics
    Yotam Lurie

    13    The Role of Injury in the Organization of Paralympic Sport
    P. David Howe

    Section V      The Meaning of Pain and Injury

    14    Suffering in and for Sport: Some Philosophical Remarks on a Painful Emotion
    Mike McNamee

    15    Pain, Suffering and Paradox in Sport and Religion
    Jeffrey P. Fry


    Sigmund Loland is Professor and Head of Section of Sport, Culture and Society at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo.  Berit Skirstad is Associate Professor and responsible for Sport Management at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo.  Ivan Waddington is Visiting Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo; the Centre for Research into Sport and Society, University College Chester, UK; and the Centre for Sports Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland. 

    'This text is essiential reading for anyone who wants to understand more about the culture of elite sport.' - The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 8, July 2006

    'Overall, I liked this book a great deal and those of us who treat athletes would find many items of interest. There is plenty to challenge the clinician and it is generally well written. The evidence base varies greatly between chapters, but this is largely the function of the various topics under review. This book should be in the libraries of major sports institutes.' - BJSM C Milne