Does the gymnastics sports subculture create an environment for abuse in elite level sport?

  This piece was written in 2016 shortly after the Indianapolis Star broke the Nassar abuse story. The troubling issue of sex abuse within youth sport has been prominent within the media over the past few months.  The abuse of youth football players in the UK from grass roots level to professional clubs has emerged with …

Continue reading Does the gymnastics sports subculture create an environment for abuse in elite level sport?

Reflections from a gymnast

The aim of qualitative research is to acquire culturally specific information, it enables subjective description as to ‘how a person has been constituted in a particular form of life’ (Packer, 2011). Taylor, Bogdan and DeVault (2016) suggest to understand behaviour and values it is essential to understand ‘people from their own frames of reference’. Narratives …

Continue reading Reflections from a gymnast

Parents perceptions of pain and injury

Part of my research has considered how parents become socialised into the gymnastics culture. One such paper looked at parents perceptions of their daughters’ pain and injury experiences. Parents of elite level British gymnasts participated in interviews to help gain some insight into how they came to accept pain and injury as part of their …

Continue reading Parents perceptions of pain and injury

Reflections

Reflections on critical events help us better understand past behaviours and can be cathartic for the writer.  I have used reflective pieces within my research to help identify common themes and experiences shared by those involved in gymnastics at the elite level. One such theme was that of ‘disempowerment’ where parents felt marginalised and unable …

Continue reading Reflections