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Accepting the Risks of Pain and Injury in Sport: Mediated C

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Kelli Smith

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Transcript of Accepting the Risks of Pain and Injury in Sport: Mediated C

Accepting the Risks of Pain and Injury in Sport: Mediated Cultural Influences on Playing Hurt
Written By: Howard L. Nixon
David Sloan, Christina Urso, Kelli Smith, Shawn Transue
The purpose of this article is to understand why athletes play sports when they know the risks of playing a sport.
Six types of thematic categories regarding pain, risk, injury and comebacks.
Six different contributors
-retired athletes
Category A:

Structural Role Constraints
Category B
Structural Inducements and Support
Category C
Cultural Values
Category D
Institutional Rationalization
Category E
Socialization of Athletes
Category F
Accepting the Risk and Pain
Acceptance of risk, pain and injury makes pain and injury a culture of sport
Manipulated by the outside party
Basic expectations, demands, perceptions and implications that athletes associate with their roles.
Subcategories related to disposeability, replacement, and precariousness of career

Jeremy Maclin, tore an ACL
Coming back to play for a 1 year contract worth up to $6 Million
"I'm never going to go out there and play based off of money. I want to win. I saw reports saying that I could have gotten more money someplace else or whatever, but it's never really been about that for me. I'm excited … It's not really all about the money."
"My will to play football is what motivates me every day."
Athletes learn how to ignore the pain and play injured
Terrell Owens played in Super Bowl XXXIX where the Eagles took on the Patriots
Derek Redmond, '92 Olympics
Why do you think Athletes ignore the risks and play through an injury?
Professional Athletes get paid a lot of money.
Professional athletes also get hurt.
The NHL found that it loses $200 million to injuries every year.
Injured athletes and organizations want Athletes to come back, not only so they can play again, but also for the money.
This is the structural inducement and support that drives athletes to keep playing. Money.
Randall Cunningham tore his ACL in the first week of the 1991 season leaving the Eagles to find a new quarter back

Taken from a management or organizational perspective to justify the risks and pain of injuries along with disabilities in a sport.
Try to defend the sport from critics, and draw attention away from the risks

Athletes will always have to play with sport injury, and pain because it is the nature of their occupation. (Football, boxing, wrestling)
Necessary to minimize "worry" on injuries because it is part of the game.
The processes through which and athlete learns and
internalizes expected and desired behavior, roles, beliefs,
and feelings and develop self-conceptions

Athletes may be socialized about pain, injury and disabilities by formal and informal socializing agents
-Sports authorities
-medical personnel
-mass media
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