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Medical uncertainty and clinician-athlete relations: the management of concussion injuries in rugby union

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posted on 24.07.2014 by Dominic Malcolm
This article addresses clinical practice in sport medicine. Combining notions of medical uncertainty with a figurational sociological emphasis on interdependence, the article illustrates how uncertainty characterizes the medical understanding, clinical treatment, and patient experience of concussion. Faced with uncertainty, the clinician’s desire for recognition and validation through athletes’ dependence on them enables medically based diagnostic and treatment guidelines to be replaced by the understanding and definition of concussion dominant in the sport subculture. Clinicians further invoke strategies that protect their professional status and therefore secure their interdependence with others in the sport club figuration. The study advances our understanding by illuminating the basis on which clinicians and athletes negotiate treatment and the impact of these experiences on clinicians’ actions and beliefs.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT JOURNAL

Volume

26

Issue

2

Pages

191 - 210 (20)

Citation

MALCOLM, D., 2009. Medical uncertainty and clinician-athlete relations: the management of concussion injuries in rugby union. Sociology of Sport Journal, 26 (2), pp. 191 - 210.

Publisher

© Human Kinetics, Inc.

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2009

Notes

This article was published in the Sociology of Sport Journal [© Human Kinetics, Inc.] and the definitive version is available at: http://journals.humankinetics.com/AcuCustom/Sitename/Documents/DocumentItem/17191.pdf

ISSN

0741-1235

Language

en

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