In Protection of Whose “Wellbeing?” Considerations of “Clauses and A/Effects” in Athlete Contracts

G.Z. Kohe, L.G. Purdy

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Contractual agreements have become an accepted part of participation processes for athletes in a variety of sport contexts. Closer readings of these contracts, however, pose several questions regarding organizational intentions and motivations, the conceptualization of athletes as “workers,” and representation parity. In this article, we draw on four types of athlete contractual documents from both select international “amateur” and “professional” sport settings. Our key considerations include athletes’ ownership over their image and identities; medical and health disclosures; lifestyle, behavioral and body choices, and restrictions beyond sport; adherence to organizational philosophy and commitments; and social media and publicity constraints. Our exegesis here encourages sport researchers to deliberate whose “wellbeing” matters most when signing that seductive dotted line.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-236
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Sport and Social Issues
Issue number3
Early online date26 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • athletes
  • contracts
  • sports workers
  • legal clauses


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