‘Pressure to play?’ A sociological analysis of professional football managers’ behaviour towards injured players

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620495
Title:
‘Pressure to play?’ A sociological analysis of professional football managers’ behaviour towards injured players
Authors:
Law, Graeme; Bloyce, Daniel ( 0000-0003-4114-3588 )
Abstract:
Drawing upon figurational sociology, this paper examines professional football managers’ attitudes towards injured players. Following interviews with 10 managers, as with previous research, we found that managers have an expectancy that players are rarely fully fit. Players were stigmatised when they were seemingly unwilling to play when a manager encouraged them to. However, we also found that many managers shaped, in part, by their habitus formed from their own experiences as a player, showed greater empathy towards injured players. Many claimed they would not risk the long-term health of players, although at times, managers at the lower levels felt more constrained to take certain risks. We argue this is an unintended outcome of the increasing pressures on managers to succeed with smaller squads. The increasing emphasis and reliance on ‘sport science’ enabled managers at the higher levels to have a more supportive approach to managing injuries not previously identified in existing literature.
Affiliation:
York St John University; UIniversity of Chester
Citation:
Law, G. & Bloyce, D. (2017). ‘Pressure to play?’ A sociological analysis of professional football managers’ behaviour towards injured players, Soccer and Society.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Soccer & Society
Publication Date:
5-May-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620495
DOI:
10.1080/14660970.2017.1321540
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14660970.2017.1321540
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Soccer and Society on 05/05/2017, available online: doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2017.1321540
ISSN:
1466-0970
EISSN:
1743-9590
Appears in Collections:
Sport and Exercise Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorLaw, Graemeen
dc.contributor.authorBloyce, Danielen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-10T09:39:36Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-10T09:39:36Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-05-
dc.identifier.citationLaw, G. & Bloyce, D. (2017). ‘Pressure to play?’ A sociological analysis of professional football managers’ behaviour towards injured players, Soccer and Society.en
dc.identifier.issn1466-0970en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14660970.2017.1321540-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620495-
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Soccer and Society on 05/05/2017, available online: doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2017.1321540en
dc.description.abstractDrawing upon figurational sociology, this paper examines professional football managers’ attitudes towards injured players. Following interviews with 10 managers, as with previous research, we found that managers have an expectancy that players are rarely fully fit. Players were stigmatised when they were seemingly unwilling to play when a manager encouraged them to. However, we also found that many managers shaped, in part, by their habitus formed from their own experiences as a player, showed greater empathy towards injured players. Many claimed they would not risk the long-term health of players, although at times, managers at the lower levels felt more constrained to take certain risks. We argue this is an unintended outcome of the increasing pressures on managers to succeed with smaller squads. The increasing emphasis and reliance on ‘sport science’ enabled managers at the higher levels to have a more supportive approach to managing injuries not previously identified in existing literature.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14660970.2017.1321540en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectprofessional footballen
dc.subjectinjuriesen
dc.subjectmanagersen
dc.subjecthabitusen
dc.subjectpoweren
dc.subjectfigurational sociologyen
dc.title‘Pressure to play?’ A sociological analysis of professional football managers’ behaviour towards injured playersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1743-9590en
dc.contributor.departmentYork St John University; UIniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalSoccer & Societyen
dc.date.accepted2017-04-19-
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