Health, Well-Being and the ‘Logic’ of Elite Youth Sports Work

Chris Platts, Andy Smith

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This chapter examines: (i) the norms and values of what Hughes and Coakley (1991) refer to as the ‘sport ethic’ which frequently constrains athletes to engage in often health-compromising behaviours; (ii) the cultures of risk in which young athletes are bound up and which frequently compromise their health and well-being, including through the normalization and acceptance of pain, injury and ‘playing hurt’; and (iii) the key structural features of the workplace which must be understood if we are to develop a more adequate understanding of the realities of young elite sports workers’ lives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Youth Sport
EditorsKen Green, Andy Smith
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages582
ISBN (Print)9780415840033
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks


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