On Versus Off the Pitch::The Transiency of Body Satisfaction Among Female Rugby Players, Cricketers, and Netballers

Russell, Kate M. (2004) On Versus Off the Pitch::The Transiency of Body Satisfaction Among Female Rugby Players, Cricketers, and Netballers. Sex Roles, 51 (9). pp. 561-574. ISSN 1573-2762

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Abstract

In this study I investigated the development of body satisfaction among women rugby players, cricketers, and netballers. I also sought to assess the impact of sport participation on both athletic and “feminine” identity. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 rugby players, 10 cricketers, and 10 netballers. The interviews focused on the experience of playing sport and the impact sport had made on respondents’ perceptions of their bodies. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore the interview data it was found that, although sport participation did lead to positive perceptions of their bodies, this effect was transient. Once placed in a social environment body satisfaction decreased, and women’s perceptions of their bodies changed because of a perceived demand to conform to socially accepted and expected norms of (heterosexual) physical attractiveness. Fear of being perceived as lesbian and the perceived naturalness of body concern were also identified.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: femininity,body satisfaction,physical attractiveness,lesbian,female rugby players,cricketers,netballers
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 23:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59332
DOI: 10.1007/s11199-004-5466-4

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