Intersectionality, Microaggressions, and Microaffirmations: Toward a Cultural Praxis of Sport Coaching

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Brian T. Gearity University of Denver

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Lynett Henderson Metzger University of Denver

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Despite its prevalence as a sensitizing concept for research in psychology, the sociology of sport literature on microaggressions is limited and it has not been used to understand sociocultural aspects of sport coaching. In this poststructural creative analytic practice, we provide three short stories of microaggressions in men’s sport coaching and their plausible negative effects on mental health. An aim of this paper is to begin to map an understanding of the intersection of sport coaching, mental health, and social identities. To achieve this aim, we weave together scholarship on microaggressions and the sociology of sport and sport coaching with our stories and interpretations. Practical implications are offered and a new, strength based discourse is introduced to the field in the form of microaffirmations.

The authors are with the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO.

Address author correspondence to Brian Gearity at brian.gearity@du.edu.
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