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Considering how athletic identity assists adjustment to spinal cord injury: a qualitative study

Abstract

Objectives

To establish how sport, and access to an athletic identity, has been used when adjusting to a spinal cord injury.

Design

Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews.

Setting

Private athletic club.

Participants

Eight (six males and two females) athletes from a wheelchair badminton club participated in the study. The individuals had finished rehabilitation, and were aged between 20 and 50 years.

Main outcome measures

A single semi-structured interview was undertaken with each participant.

Results

Following the thematic analysis, two final themes were presented: (1) adjustment and paradox of chronic illness; and (2) the role and value of an athletic identity.

Conclusions

Badminton provided participants with an opportunity to continue and develop a positive athletic identity. Identity may be used as a factor that can promote recovery, and is considered as a way to encourage and maintain positive long-term adjustment to disability.

Cite this article

Considering how athletic identity assists adjustment to spinal cord injury: a qualitative study; Hawkins, C. et al. Physiotherapy, Volume 100, Issue 3, 268 - 274;

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