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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare

Edited By

Melanie Lang

ISBN 9780367193256
Published October 27, 2020 by Routledge
438 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Athlete welfare should be of central importance in all sport. This comprehensive volume features cutting-edge research from around the world on issues that can compromise the welfare of athletes at all levels of sport and on the approaches taken by sports organisations to prevent and manage these.

In recent years, sports organisations have increased their efforts to ensure athlete health, safety, and well-being, often prompted by high-profile disclosures of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; bullying; discrimination; disordered eating; addiction; and mental health issues. In this book, contributors lift the lid on these and other issues that jeopardise the physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual welfare of athletes of all ages to raise awareness of the broad range of challenges athletes face. Chapters also highlight approaches to athlete welfare and initiatives taken by national and international sport organisations to provide a safer, more ethical sports environment.

As the first book to focus exclusively on athlete welfare, this is an essential read for students and researchers in sports studies, coaching, psychology, performance, development and management, and physical education. It is also a useful reference point for anyone working in welfare, safeguarding, child protection, and equity and inclusion in and beyond sport.

Table of Contents


Melanie Lang

Part I: Conceptualisations of Athlete Welfare

1 Developments in International Policy on Athlete Welfare

Melanie Lang

2 Scientism and the Welfare of Athletes: Minds, Brains, Genes and Agency

Leon Culbertson

3 Organisational Obligations Toward Athlete Transitions: Confronting the bureaucratisation of Athlete Welfare with an Ethics of Care

G. Z. Kohe and L. G. Purdy

4 Athlete Shaming and the Ethics of Care: Opposing Forces in Sport Coaching

Emily McCullogh and Parissa Safai

Part II: Current Concerns in the Welfare of Athletes

5 Gendered Violence in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics: A Sociological Analysis

Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Astrid Schubring and Carly Stewart

6 Psychological Abuse in Competitive and High-Performance Women’s Volleyball

Alixandra Krahn

7 Presenteeism in Elite Sport Organisations: A Framework for Understanding Athletes’ Decisions to Practice Sport Despite Health Concerns

Jochen Mayer, Felix Kühnle and Ansgar Thiel

8 The Issue of Athlete Welfare and Why Tackling Should be Removed from Physical Education and School Sport: #BanTackling

Adam J. White

9 Welfare and the Protection of Young Athletes: An Analysis of the Nature and Prevalence of Bullying Behaviours in Sport Settings

Miguel Nery, Carlos Neto, António Rosado and Peter K. Smith

10 Degrading and Harming New Teammates During Hazing: ‘Athletes will be Athletes’

Jennifer J. Waldron

11 Exploring the Links Between Self-directed Violence and Child Maltreatment and Bullying in Sport

Sylvie Parent, Judith Kotiuga, Tine Vertommen and Kristine Fortier

Part III: Athlete Mental Health

12 Mental Health in Sport

Brad Donohue and Davy Phrathep

13 Suicide Among Athletes

Ashwin L. Rao

14 The Athlete and Addiction

Carwyn Jones

15 Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating in Sport: The Hidden Role of Sporting Organisations and How the Cycle Can be Broken

Jenny McMahon

Part IV: Equity and Inclusion as an Athlete Welfare Concern

16 The Welfare of Disabled People in Sport

Hayley Fitzgerald

17 Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Racist Ruptures in US Youth Soccer

Alex Manning

18 Locked Out: Examining Binary-gendered Locker Rooms as a Key Site for Trans Athlete Welfare

Ali Greey

Part V: New Agendas and Missing Voices

19 Virtual Technologies as Tools of Maltreatment: Safeguarding in Digital Spaces

Emma Kavanagh, Chelsea Litchfield and Jaquelyn Osborne

20 The Welfare of Adolescent High-performance Action Sport Athletes: The Case of Young Commercially Sponsored Dutch Kite Surfers

Froukje Smits

21 Examinations of Sports Workers’ Welfare in Spaces of Geopolitical Conflict: ‘The Country is Under Threat, but the Game Goes On’

L. G. Purdy, G. Z. Kohe and R. Paulauskas

22 Pasifika Rugby Migration and Athlete Welfare: Stairway to Heaven

David Lakisa, Jack Sugden and Brent McDonald

23 Countering the Trajectories Towards New Forms of Violence in Youth: Enhancing Protective Factors Through Sports

Dean M. Ravizza

24 Sexual Abuse ‘Survivor’ Research in Sport

Colin Harris and Mike Hartill

25 Factors Influencing the Mental Health of Sports Match Officials: The Potential Impact of Abuse and a Destabilised Support System from a Global Context

Tom Webb and Paul Gorczynski

Part VI: Stakeholders in Athlete Welfare

26 The Role of Parents in Promoting the Welfare of Children Involved in Sport

Camilla J. Knight, Olivier Y. Rouquette and Maita G. Furusa

27 Consent and Complicity: The Athletes’ Role in the Normalisation of Damaging Coaching Practices

Chris Zehntner

28 Athlete Welfare in Coach-athlete Romantic Relationships

Susanne Johansson

29 Moving Beyond Unproblematic Policy Implementation: Some Micro-level Reflections on Social Interaction, Emotion and the Enactment of Safeguarding Policy in Sport

Andrea Scott-Bell, Karl Wharton and Paul Potrac

Part VII: Approaches to Prevention

30 Protection of the Athlete: Activities of the International Olympic Committee

Margo Mountjoy, Kirsty Burrows, and Susan Greinig

31 Criminal Record Checks as a Tool to Prevent Child Abuse in Sport

Melanie Lang and Maria Papaefstathiou

32 Protecting Athletes Against Sexual Violence: A Club-based Approach from Germany

Bettina Rulofs

33 Measuring the Prevalence of Interpersonal Violence Against Children in Sport

Tine Vertommen and Sylvie Parent

34 Advancing Autonomy-supportive Coaching Through the Application of the Transtheoretical Model

Joseph Gurgis, Gretchen Kerr and Ashley Stirling

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Melanie Lang is Assistant Director of the Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport and a senior lecturer in child protection in sport at Edge Hill University, UK. She is co- editor of the book Safeguarding, Child Protection and Abuse in Sport: International Perspectives in Research, Policy and Practice (Routledge, 2015).