File(s) under embargo
Reason: Embargo will be removed following publication
until file(s) become available
Soccer, CTE and the cultural representation of dementia
journal contributionposted on 29.06.2020 by Dominic Malcolm
Any type of content formally published in an academic journal, usually following a peer-review process.
This article deploys a qualitative media content analysis to examine discourses linking sport, head injury and longer-term neurocognitive decline. It draws on a seminal British television documentary and associated print media coverage to demonstrate that the representation of sport-related brain injury is intricately connected to both conceptions of risk in sport and a wider social response to ageing and dementia. The article augments existing North American analyses to provide the first cross-cultural comparison of this phenomenon, and in so doing illustrates how the social prominence of cultural representations of sport-related brain injury relates in part to the distinct characteristics of the sport-related phenomenon which extend and amplify both the broader cultural crisis of concussion in sport and existing representations of dementia. The study is therefore important because it provides a unique perspective on both a key contemporary sporting issue, and this global health concern.
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences