Swiss youths and the storying of non-participation in organised sport: A narrative examination of two cases

Barker, D. and Barker-Ruchti, N. and Gerber, M. and Gerlach, E. and Knöpfli, M. and Sattler, S. and Pühse, U. and Bergman, Manfred Max. (2010) Swiss youths and the storying of non-participation in organised sport: A narrative examination of two cases. Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education Bulletin, 60. pp. 38-43.

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Organised sport is reputed to have a number of positive outcomes for youth participants. Research suggests however, that during adolescence, many individuals discontinue participation. Much of the research examining youth participation and dropout has employed frameworks related to motivation. In this paper, an alternative approach based on tenets of narrative inquiry is adopted. Through semi-structured interviews, data was produced with adolescents aged 13-16 in North Western Switzerland. The stories of two non-participants are examined according to structure, underlying assumptions and the identities that are constructed during narration. The broader implications for practice are discussed. Specifically, it is argued that (1) listening to youths’ sporting stories can help providers better meet the needs of participants; and (2) providers should offer special assistance for individuals ceasing sporting involvement in order to facilitate continuation of physical activity.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit > Bereich Sportwissenschaft > Sportwissenschaften (Pühse)
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Kulturanthropologie > Kulturanthropologie (Leimgruber)
UniBasel Contributors:Sattler, Simone and Barker-Ruchti, Natalie N and Barker, Dean M and Gerber, Markus and Gerlach, Erin and Knöpfli, Martin and Pühse, Uwe and Bergman, Manfred Max
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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