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Acting out what is inside of us: Self-management strategies of an abused ex-athlete

McMahon, J ORCID: 0000-0002-1079-8939 and McGannon, KR 2019 , 'Acting out what is inside of us: Self-management strategies of an abused ex-athlete' , Sports Management Review , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.1016/j.smr.2019.03.008.

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In this paper, the authors make use of narrative inquiry from the position of a story teller byusing creative nonfiction to bring forward the complexities of abuse in sport. Through theuse of vignettes, one female athlete’s story of how she self-managed her abuse post sport byacting out sexually is made known. As taboo stories tend to be silenced in sport literature,this research foregrounds how one athlete took back the power and control with men as away of self-managing the physical and emotional abuse she experienced from malecoaches. Although a temporary fix, the vignettes highlight how this athlete’s selfmanagement strategies were a complex form of empowerment, a contrast to what she feltwhen she was the recipient of abuse. The reader is encouraged to construct their ownunderstanding of the athlete’s stories, thinking with her story rather than about her story.This paper contributes to understandings of athlete abuse by providing insight into the lackof support an athlete received post sport and further how she was expected to fend forherself, formulating her own self-management/coping strategies. Sport managersdeveloping interventions and strategies related to abused athletes should consider thediverse challenges that they face.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McMahon, J and McGannon, KR
Keywords: creative non-fiction, narrative, abuse, sport, creative analytical practices
Journal or Publication Title: Sports Management Review
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 1441-3523
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.smr.2019.03.008
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Copyright 2019 Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand

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