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“I Feel Empowered and Alive!”: Exploring Embodiment Among Physically Active Women

Gretchen Paulson and Christy Greenleaf

The developmental theory of embodiment ( Piran, 2017 ; Piran & Teall, 2012 ) examines women’s lived experiences physically, psychologically, and culturally. The theory suggests that embodied experiences involve a strong sense of connection to one’s body, participation in self-care, and finding

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Maximal Strength Training as a Pathway to Positive Body Image: A Qualitative Exploration of the Experiences of Female Powerlifters

Erin L. Kelly, Michelle Minehan, and Kate Pumpa

used by others. This, in turn, can result in the rejection of self-objectification and increased levels of positive body image ( Menzel & Levine, 2010 ). A potential pathway between positive body image and functionality is via embodiment. According to Piran’s Development Theory of Embodiment, the

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Embodiment in Active Sport Tourism: An Autophenomenography of the Tour de France Alpine “Cols”

Matthew Lamont

spectators ( Palmer, 2010 ), cycling these fabled mountain roads (“cols” in the French vernacular) permits production of nuanced, profound, active sport tourism experiences. Despite increasing emphasis of embodiment as a capstone element of active sport tourism experiences ( Geffroy, 2017 ; Hinch & Holt

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Yes We Can! A Phenomenological Study of a Sports Camp for Young People With Cerebral Palsy

Kenneth Aggerholm and Kristian Møller Moltke Martiny

the field. He outlines three central concepts from phenomenological philosophy: (a) first-person perspective; (b) embodiment; and (c) life world, suggesting that these concepts can fruitfully contribute to the development of phenomenological pedagogy in APA. The present study seeks to contribute to

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Dancing Queer Tango: An Experience of Queer Pedagogy in PESTE

Sofía Pereira-García, Elena López-Cañada, and Agnes Elling-Machartzki

performance of roles as men/leaders and women/followers in queer tango? Can this pedagogical practice produce queer embodiments among students? Is queer tango a potentially valuable educational tool to deconstruct the gender and sexual binaries in PESTE? In order to set a pedagogical context of reference, we

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The Nature of the Body in Sport and Physical Culture: From Bodies and Environments to Ecological Embodiment

Samantha King and Gavin Weedon

and physical culture are grappling with new ways to breach the nature–culture dualism ( Prouse, 2019 ) and to center the biophysical character and science of embodiment ( Esmonde and Jette, 2018 ; Thorpe & Clark, 2020 ), it seems important that boundaries between bodies and environments not be

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Restoring Harmony in the Lifeworld? Identity, Learning, and Leaving Preelite Sport

Noora J. Ronkainen, Tatiana V. Ryba, and Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

processes of restoring the harmony of the lifeworld after athletic retirement through an individual case. Following Zahavi and Martiny ( 2019 ), our attempt was to produce an informative account of how existential-phenomenological thinking surrounding lifeworld harmony, temporality, and embodiment can help

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Postmodern Body Techniques: Some Anthropological Considerations on Natural and Postnatural Bodies

Sarah Franklin

Debates concerning “the body,” embodiment, and corporeality have become increasingly central to cultural theory in the past decade. This article addresses the question of the “natural body” from the point of view of both traditional social theory (Marcel Mauss) and more recent arguments about the body as a site of enculturation. Why is the natural body preserved as a moral value within the realm of sport, while its limits are also pushed to “unnatural” extremes? By contrasting body building as sport (where anabolic steroid use is condemned) with reproductive body building (pregnancy, where steroid use is increasingly central), the paradoxical dimensions of the “(post)natural” body in sport are examined.

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Kicking like a Boy: Schoolgirl Australian Rules Football and Bi-Gendered Female Embodiment

Nikki Wedgwood

This study of a schoolgirl Australian Rules football team uses life-history research to provide unusual insights into the gendered embodiment of female footballers. Focusing on the familial relations of players, the article looks at sport in the wider context of gender, showing complexities often overlooked. While documenting different patterns of female embodiment, the study examines whether the provision of full-contact sports is “schooling the bodies” of these young women in alternative forms of embodiment to those described by Young (1998) in “Throwing Like a Girl.” Specifically, this article addresses why the girls play football, whether they are consciously resisting male domination, whether playing football teaches them a different gendered embodiment, and how the girls deal with gender contradictions that arise from playing football.

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The Embodied Origins of Infant Reaching: Implications for the Emergence of Eye-Hand Coordination

Daniela Corbetta, Rebecca F. Wiener, Sabrina L. Thurman, and Emalie McMahon

predominant and still widely-accepted view, that the emergence and development of infant reaching occurs primarily under the control of vision, is no longer tenable. We present increasing evidence suggesting that the developmental origins of infant reaching is embodied. The general idea of “embodiment