“We sacrifice our bodies for this plank of wood”: girl skateboarders, risk, pain, and injury

Paechter, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3050-5571, Stoodley, L., Keenan, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-2052-8462 and Lawton, C., 2023. “We sacrifice our bodies for this plank of wood”: girl skateboarders, risk, pain, and injury. Sport in Society. ISSN 1743-0437

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Skateboarding is a masculine-inflected, male dominated informal lifestyle sport which carries inherent risk of pain and injury, which is expected to be met with stoicism as part of claiming ‘authentic’ skateboarder identity. We examine young women skateboarders’ attitudes to these risks, focusing on how they understand, minimise and cope with injury and pain as an ongoing accompaniment to skateboarding practice. We consider how they see injury and pain in relationship to learning and at times experience muscle and injury pain as positive. We conclude that, while young women seem to be taking on the masculinist attitudes to risk, pain and injury that characterise skateboarding as a community of practice, there is some evidence of resistance to this. We also note that the apparent preference of many UK-based young women skateboarders for transition skateparks, due to problems encountered in street spaces, may make them more susceptible to serious injury.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sport in Society
Creators: Paechter, C., Stoodley, L., Keenan, M. and Lawton, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 15 November 2023
ISSN: 1743-0437
Rights: © 2023 the author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. the terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Nov 2023 15:00
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2023 17:01
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URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/50331

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