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Disengaging from high-risk sports: the identity-based rationales and biographical shifts that lead male athletes to “give up”

Abstract : Sports sociologists have widely questioned what pushes individuals to take part in ‘high-risk sports’. However, they have somewhat neglected the reasons that lead individuals to stop confronting the risks involved: despite their enthusiasm, individuals invariably disengage and all give up eventually. The analysis of twenty-nine life stories reveals that there are numerous intertwined reasons that prompt male athletes both to take part in and drop out of these activities. This paper aims to shed light on the individual and organizational dynamics that might lead to disengagement over the course of an individual’s lifetime. Dynamics linked to change and continuity appear to structure the decision to drop out.
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Guillaume Routier, Bastien Soulé. Disengaging from high-risk sports: the identity-based rationales and biographical shifts that lead male athletes to “give up”. Sport in Society, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2019, pp.1-19. ⟨10.1080/17430437.2019.1673370⟩. ⟨halshs-02399309⟩

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