Quick Search:

A sociological perspective of Young Male Academy Footballers’ and their experiences of pain and injury

Armstrong, Cameron (2019) A sociological perspective of Young Male Academy Footballers’ and their experiences of pain and injury. Masters thesis, York St John University.

[img] Text (MSc by Research Thesis)
ARMSTRONG CAMERON FINAL THESIS.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 21 November 2021.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Abstract

Within sport the desire and commitment by athletes to continue to perform when injured is a commonality, especially within professional football. Reasons as to why players continue to perform ranges from their love of the game to earning a new contract. However, the majority of the literature focuses on the elite level of the game with little research being undertaken on the pathway to reach such heights within football; the academy level. This study aims to identify young male academy footballers experiences regarding any pain or injuries they have suffered from a sociological perspective and how it impacts their lives within football. Academy players seem to continue to perform for similar reasons to their elite counterparts with just a smaller financial incentive/lifestyle being at risk or rewarded. The academy level is the opportunity for a prosperous career it appears footballers live through the eyes of the media, yet their bodies and wellbeing undertake a similar strenuous training regime to that of their elite counterparts. In addition, the treatment they receive from the coaches is also similar with an expectancy to play through injury. Semi-structured interviews were employed with 10 male youth academy footballers (ranging from the ages of 17-21 years old) and analysed using sociological concepts surrounding: figurations, power balances and established-outsider groups. Through such methods, the results of this study highlight how academy footballers have an elite mindset regarding their injuries and welfare, with the desire for a footballing career proceeding their health. This mindset is leading young footballers to a potentially damaged future, in terms of their physical welfare, along with the lack of realisation that their career in football is a dangerously short one within the societal world; however, they should not be deterred from such dreams but encouraged to grasp academic or other professional development opportunities.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Status: Published
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4573

University Staff: Request a correction | RaY Editors: Update this record