The intersubjective accomplishment of power by medical professionals within unregulated combat sports

Channon, A., Matthews, C.R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8561-2863 and Hillier, M., 2020. The intersubjective accomplishment of power by medical professionals within unregulated combat sports. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. ISSN 1012-6902 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

The lack of power experienced by medical professionals working in various sport settings has been consistently evidenced by sociologists researching the provision of medical care to athletes. In this paper, which focuses on the work of medical professionals within ‘unregulated’ combat sports in England, we extend this discussion by focusing on the means by which such professionals attempt to (re)construct power within contexts where it cannot be taken for granted. To explore this issue we conducted 200 hours of observational fieldwork at competitive combat sports events, along with interviews with 25 medical professionals with experience in this field, 7 combat sports referees, and 9 event promoters and their staff. Employing the concept of power as ‘intersubjective accomplishment’, we argue that the influence necessary for medical professionals to undertake their work must be actively won within specific situations, principally relying on their ability to tactically interact with various other people. In so doing, we evidence both successes and failures of medical staff in this respect, arguing that such informal means of securing power make caring for the health of combat athletes a particularly challenging proposition.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Creators: Channon, A., Matthews, C.R. and Hillier, M.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 19 August 2020
ISSN: 1012-6902
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Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Sep 2020 12:44
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2020 12:44
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40907

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