‘No pain, no gain’: former elite female gymnasts’ engagements with pain and injury discourses

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620497
Title:
‘No pain, no gain’: former elite female gymnasts’ engagements with pain and injury discourses
Authors:
Tynan, Ruby; McEvilly, Nollaig
Abstract:
This paper investigates former elite female gymnasts’ views and experiences of pain and injury. The purpose of the study was to examine how participants engaged with pain and injury discourses and interrogate the ways in which certain knowledge and practices had become dominant. A Foucaultian theoretical framework underpinned the study, making use of Foucault’s work on discourses, power and resistance. Data were generated through semi-structured interviews with seven former elite gymnasts. By analysing the participants’ talk through poststructural discourse analysis, three themes were identified. Firstly, participants’ persistence through pain and injury was due to the desire to compete. Secondly, participants differentiated between ‘good pain’ and ‘bad pain’. Thirdly, participants had a higher tolerance for pain than for injury. This research raises questions about the dominance of a ‘no pain, no gain’ discourse, and the ways in which gymnasts may develop an uncritical acceptance of particular ‘truths’ surrounding pain and injury.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Tynan, R., & McEvilly, N. (2017). ‘No pain, no gain’: former elite female gymnasts’ engagements with pain and injury discourses. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 1-16. doi:10.1080/2159676X.2017.1323778
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
Publication Date:
11-May-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620497
DOI:
10.1080/2159676X.2017.1323778
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rqrs21/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health on 11/05/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com//10.1080/2159676X.2017.1323778.
ISSN:
2159-676X
EISSN:
2159-6778
Appears in Collections:
Sport and Exercise Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorTynan, Rubyen
dc.contributor.authorMcEvilly, Nollaigen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-12T13:43:04Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-12T13:43:04Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-11-
dc.identifier.citationTynan, R., & McEvilly, N. (2017). ‘No pain, no gain’: former elite female gymnasts’ engagements with pain and injury discourses. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 1-16. doi:10.1080/2159676X.2017.1323778en
dc.identifier.issn2159-676X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/2159676X.2017.1323778-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620497-
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health on 11/05/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com//10.1080/2159676X.2017.1323778.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates former elite female gymnasts’ views and experiences of pain and injury. The purpose of the study was to examine how participants engaged with pain and injury discourses and interrogate the ways in which certain knowledge and practices had become dominant. A Foucaultian theoretical framework underpinned the study, making use of Foucault’s work on discourses, power and resistance. Data were generated through semi-structured interviews with seven former elite gymnasts. By analysing the participants’ talk through poststructural discourse analysis, three themes were identified. Firstly, participants’ persistence through pain and injury was due to the desire to compete. Secondly, participants differentiated between ‘good pain’ and ‘bad pain’. Thirdly, participants had a higher tolerance for pain than for injury. This research raises questions about the dominance of a ‘no pain, no gain’ discourse, and the ways in which gymnasts may develop an uncritical acceptance of particular ‘truths’ surrounding pain and injury.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rqrs21/en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectgymnasticsen
dc.subjectpainen
dc.subjectinjuryen
dc.subjectFoucaulten
dc.subjectdiscoursesen
dc.subjectpoweren
dc.subjectresistanceen
dc.title‘No pain, no gain’: former elite female gymnasts’ engagements with pain and injury discoursesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn2159-6778-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalQualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Healthen
dc.date.accepted2017-04-24-
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