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 …

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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 …

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