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‘Don’t ever mix God with sports’: Christian religion in athletes’ stories of life transitions

Ronkainen, NJ, Ryba, TV and Tod, D (2019) ‘Don’t ever mix God with sports’: Christian religion in athletes’ stories of life transitions. Sport in Society. ISSN 1743-0437

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Sport psychology researchers have increasingly recognized the need to adopt a holistic perspective when seeking to understand athletes’ adaptation to life transitions. The present study sought to understand how religion influences athletes’ journeys in sport and experiences of life transitions. Two Christian elite athletes participated in life story interviews which we analyzed via narrative analysis. Although the participants narratively separated religious belief from sport, religion, as a source of basic world assumptions and values, provided a broader framework of meaning and continuity in their sport lives. Yet, both stories involved a growing distance to institutional religious practices and movement towards individualized religiosity as they traversed cultural and developmental transitions. For applied practitioners, it is important to be aware of the unique ways in which religion influences the sport life and to recognize personal and cultural attitudes that will shape their applied work with religious athletes. © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1504 Commercial Services, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2019 10:54
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:26
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1599199
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10653
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