The pain of sports: socialisation, injury and prevention

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Sport injuries are a major public health problem, with high financial and social costs. As awareness of this cost has grown there has been increased concern about sport injury incidence, particularly with the relatively high injury risk sports of rugby union and rugby league. This paper provides a review of sociological literature to illustrate that many athletes are socialised to accept pain and injury as normal aspects of sport participation. Consequently, it can be viewed that many sportspeople take 'unhealthy' risks in their participation. These findings are discussed with respect to recent injury prevention programmes. An additional aim of this paper is to highlight the value of combining diverse fields of study in attempting to understand and confront problems associated with sports injury.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-16
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of Physical Education New Zealand
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • injury
  • Pain
  • socialisation
  • sport
  • rugby union
  • masculinities

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