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Growing up and speaking out: female gymnasts’ rights in an ageing sport
History Discipline, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia.
Department of Tourism Sport and Society, Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand.
Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3918-7904
Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: Annals of Leisure Research, ISSN 1174-5398, Vol. 20, no 3, p. 317-330Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This research examines the experiences of ‘older’ elite gymnasts competing in Women's Artistic Gymnastics in Australia, through the framework of athlete rights. Using a qualitative approach interviews were conducted with elite or former elite gymnasts who were at least 20 years old during their active career, and coaches and judges who worked with such athletes. This paper focuses on three key themes that emerged from the data. First was the relationship with the maturing body, which, combined with new coach policies toward athlete health, lessened gymnasts' risk of abuse in the form of weight control. Second, the changing coach–athlete relationship prolonged careers, although gymnasts had to demand their rights as adults. Finally, financial support provided a basis for continued participation for some, while others were excluded through economic discrimination. Such research should guide coaches and federations towards best practice when working with (adult) athletes.

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Routledge, 2017. Vol. 20, no 3, p. 317-330
Keywords [en]
athlete rights, athlete support, body, coaching, Gymnastics
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73061DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2017.1310625ISI: 000401561600006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85017207182OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-73061DiVA, id: diva2:1295118
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Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, P2016-0013, P2015-0013
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Lincoln University Research Fund, 2013-25

São Paulo Research Foundation, 14/08006-0

Available from: 2019-03-10 Created: 2019-03-10 Last updated: 2019-04-08Bibliographically approved

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