Sporting Lives, Subcultures and Performance
Why we research this area
Sports participation, competition and fandom can be exhilarating and enjoyable. Sporting environments can also be harsh, discriminatory, and ultimately, unhealthy. Researchers in this theme focus on exploring some of the more challenging aspects of sport and identifying ways we can improve sporting experiences for performers, coaches, managers, and fans alike.
What we do
Our interdisciplinary research explores the range of ways in which sport affects people’s lives, how people can best be supported for sports performance and provides insight to the experiences of minority groups within sport. To do this, staff and research students work with a range of partners including anti-racism organization ‘Kick It Out’, the National Football Museum, and funders the British Academy, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, the AHRC and the ESRC.
Our current research projects include:
- Exploring experiences of female fans, to understand links between spectating and participating.
- Understanding how living in the public eye influences elite athlete mental health
- Examining experiences of antisemitism within the context of football and assessing attempts to combat it.
- Improving knowledge on the long term musculoskeletal, cardiometabolic and brain health of contact sports athletes (Global Rugby Health Research Programme).
- Understanding the risks and clinical consequences of, and developing interventions to prevent and treat, relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-S).
How we've made a difference
Within this research theme, we have especially sought to influence media and public debates around the lives of those engaged in sport, whether that be in competing or spectating.
Our research is also regularly featured in national and international media with, for example, Dr Stacey Pope's work on female sport fans highlighted in the following articles:
We’ve also developed new ways of supporting and educating all those involved in sport, for example, Honorary Fellow Dr Nicola Keay and Dr Karen Hind recently developed a BASEM endorsed and funded website on the risks and consequences of RED-S: