'He may not be qualified in it, but I think he's still got the knowledge': team-doctoring in combat sports

AlHashmi, R. and Matthews, C.R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8561-2863, 2021. 'He may not be qualified in it, but I think he's still got the knowledge': team-doctoring in combat sports. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. ISSN 1012-6902

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Abstract

Several studies have examined the provision of medical care in a variety of competitive sport settings. These are important contributions, but the majority of this work has focused on elite sports that tend to have a group of medical health professionals as part of the team, with little attention given to sports that lack access to such services. This lack of dedicated medical support may result in athletes being more likely to engage in 'team-doctoring'-a term used to describe athletes seeking medical advice from teammates and coaches. This concept is yet to be theorised and empirically described. In this paper, we begin to define, explore, and contextualise the process of team-doctoring in relation to sociocultural interactions, beliefs embedded within the combat sport subculture and the critical role it plays in shaping fighters' perceptions of health and injury. In so doing, we demonstrate that team-doctoring is the process whereby apparent medical knowledge is (mis)understood, recommended, transferred, interpreted and developed within a somewhat coherent team.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Creators: AlHashmi, R. and Matthews, C.R.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 3 February 2021
ISSN: 1012-6902
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10.1177/1012690220987136DOI
1397429Other
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 11 Mar 2021 15:24
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2021 15:24
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42492

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