Sport, Health and Risk: Exploring the Risks of Life Transitions to Adults’ Sporting and Leisure Careers

Haycock, David and Smith, Andy (2010) Sport, Health and Risk: Exploring the Risks of Life Transitions to Adults’ Sporting and Leisure Careers. 17th International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, 11-17 July 2010, Sweden.

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Abstract

This paper examines the risks that significant life transitions (e.g. getting married, buying a house, having children, changing jobs) have on the sporting biographies & leisure careers of adults in north-west England, & explores the implications of these for health. In doing so, the paper reports on data generated by questionnaires completed between June & July 2009 by 60 30-35-year-olds who were asked questions about their involvement in a range of home-based leisure & out-of-home leisure activities. Follow-up semi-structured interviews–which explored the sporting & leisure careers of adults–were also conducted with 19 of the survey respondents during August 2009. The findings of the study suggest that the extent to which adults’ leisure, health behaviours & sporting biographies changed over the life course from childhood, through to youth & then young adulthood, was significantly related to the risks posed by the numbers & kinds of transitions experienced (especially since age 16), family relationships & cultures, the development of sporting habitus, and the construction of ‘wide sporting repertoires’ during youth.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Sports Science
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2012 14:07
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4726

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