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Emotional labor and professional practice in sports medicine and science.

Hings, R., Wagstaff, C., Thelwell, R., Gilmore, S. and Anderson, V. 2018. Emotional labor and professional practice in sports medicine and science. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports 28 (2) , pp. 704-716. 10.1111/sms.12941

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The aim of this study was to explore how sport medicine and science practitioners manage their emotions through emotional labor when engaging in professional practice in elite sport. To address the research aim a semistructured interview design was adopted. Specifically, eighteen professional sport medicine and science staff provided interviews. The sample comprised sport and exercise psychologists (n=6), strength and conditioning coaches (n=5), physiotherapists (n=5), one sports doctor and one generic sport scientist. Following a process of thematic analysis, the results were organized into the following overarching themes: (a) factors influencing emotional labor enactment, (b) emotional labor enactment, and (c) professional and personal outcomes. The findings provide a novel contribution to understanding the professional demands faced by practitioners and are discussed in relation to the development of professional competencies and the welfare and performance of sport medics and scientists.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0905-7188
Date of Acceptance: 26 June 2017
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 13:24

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