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Control, consent and complicity in the coaching of elite women’s cycling in Australia: a media analysis


Zehntner, C and McGannon, KR and McMahon, J, Control, consent and complicity in the coaching of elite women's cycling in Australia: a media analysis, Sport Education and Society, 24, (5) pp. 520-532. ISSN 1357-3322 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13573322.2017.1417257


The purpose of this study was to extend understanding of how athletes and coaches in a women’s cycling talent development and selection programme negotiate and normalise athlete abuse in the media. A thematic analysis of six online cycling magazine articles and their representations of the Australian women’s elite cycling development camp was analysed to explore athletic abuse and the (re)production of coaching practices using Bourdieusian theory. The findings revealed a link between the expression of coaching practice and the maltreatment of athletes. Analysis of these articles also revealed that athletes were complicit in the normalisation of coaching practices through the misrecognition of social power embedded in the coaching intervention. The representations by athletes within the articles contributed narratives related to the reproduction and proliferation of abusive coaching practices. This study extends understanding of how taken for granted and power laden aspects of coaching practices can be presented in the media and highlights the implications for coaches, athletes and the general public that consume online cycling media content.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:media analysis, emotional abuse, misrecognition, symbolic violence, womens cycling
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Zehntner, C (Dr Chris Zehntner)
UTAS Author:McMahon, J (Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:123209
Year Published:2019 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-12-20
Last Modified:2022-08-23

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