Getting Better: An Autoethnographic Tale of Recovery From Sporting Injury

in Sociology of Sport Journal

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Katherine DashperLeeds Metropolitan University

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In this autoethnography I explore how my responses to a horse-riding injury to my face and teeth illustrate some of the complex interactions between gender identity and sporting identity. This facial injury left me feeling vulnerable and uncomfortable with my appearance, and prompted me to reflect on the ways sporting participation and injury are both constrained by and constitutive of gender identity.

Dashper is with Leeds Metropolitan University, Carnegie Faculty, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

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