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Stories from mother runners: a case study and narrative analysis of facilitators for competitive running


McGannon, KR and McMahon, J, Stories from mother runners: a case study and narrative analysis of facilitators for competitive running, Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 6, (1) pp. 102-109. ISSN 2470-4849 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1123/cssep.2022-0011


Despite the focus on motherhood and sport participation in recent years, the motherhood and recreational sport participation nexus is not well understood. Using an instrumental case study, we explored running facilitators for competitive recreational mother runners to advance research using a novel theory (i.e., narrative inquiry). We used a dialogical narrative analysis to identify a key theme of "good mother runners: negotiating freedom and constraint." Findings are presented using a storyteller approach in the form of three portrait characters who each tell a story of facilitators grounded in a "relational narrative" that provided freedom to run in the context of good motherhood. The features of the relational narrative are shown in three nonfiction vignettes: Susan's story, "Running is what we do"; Tracy's story, "Running isn't just for me, it's for them"; and Kay's story, "Just go with it." Interpretive reflections of the stories using narrative theory are offered. We conclude with practical recommendations and future research directions for mothers' competitive running participation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:athlete mothers; narrative inquiry; storytelling
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Sport, exercise and recreation not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McMahon, J (Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:152526
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-08-20
Last Modified:2022-09-16

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