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Title: Accountability, monitoring and surveillance: Body regulation in elite sport
Contributor(s): Cosh, Suzanne  (author)orcid ; Crabb, Shona (author); LeCouteur, Amanda (author); Kettler, Lisa (author)
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
Early Online Version: 2011-09-12
DOI: 10.1177/1359105311417914
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Abstract: Regulation of athletes’ bodies is commonplace in sporting environments, despite evidence that athletes have a higher risk of developing disordered eating than non-athletes. This article explores how athletes’ bodies are regulated in practice, building on examinations of body surveillance in other contexts. Over 40 interactions occurring during body monitoring are analysed. Athletes, pre-emptively or following an explicit request, accounted for their body regulatory behaviours, also working to produce positive athlete identities. Failing to produce an account of improvement was interactionally problematic, making visible athletes’ accountability to the institute to regulate their bodies. Implications of body regulatory practices are discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Health Psychology, 17(4), p. 610-622
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1359-1053
Field of Research (FOR): 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920410 Mental Health
920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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