Introduction to athlete welfare

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This chapter begins by defining ‘athlete welfare’ and how this was conceptualised for this edited collection. It goes on to provide an overview of the socio-cultural context of sport to explore why athletes are at particular risk of a range of issues that can compromise their welfare, physically, emotionally, psychologically, sexually, intellectually, socially, behaviourally, and spiritually. The chapter also provides an overview of each of the 34 newly commissioned chapters in the Handbook.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Athete Welfare
EditorsMelanie Lang
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780367193256
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Handbook series


  • athlete welfare, well-being, athlete safety, health, wellness, child protection, violence, abuse, maltreatment

Research Centres

  • Centre for Child Protection & Safeguarding in Sport


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