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Concussion in amateur rugby union in Ireland

Liston, Katie/K (2017) Concussion in amateur rugby union in Ireland. In: Sociological Association of Ireland, Ulster University, Belfast Campus. Sociological Assocation of Ireland. 10 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

In recent years there has been growing concern about concussion in sport in general andrugby union in particular. The qualitative study reported here draws on interviews with adultplayers in non-elite club rugby union in Ireland in order to explore the frames of referencewithin which they perceive, give meaning to and manage concussion. Within a sportingsubculture which emphasises lay sporting values – particularly the value of “playing hurt” –and which reflects a functional view of injury, non-elite players tend to display an irreverentattitude towards concussion which encourages risky behaviours and underplays, ignores ordenies the significance of concussion. These beliefs and actions are described analogously asbeing “head strong”. The presentation also identifies the contextual contingencies whichmake the regulation of injuries in rugby union so difficult and suggests some core principlesof public health education campaigns that might be deployed to militate against the highincidence of concussive injury in future.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:concussion, pain, injury, rugby union
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:38057
Deposited By: Dr Katie Liston
Deposited On:07 Jun 2017 08:36
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:30

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