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Friday, November 8 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Sport Participation and Family I

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Participation in sports — youth programs, adult hobbies, elite competitions, and more — can become an obsession. Athletes or sport enthusiasts may interpret their single-minded pursuit as the key to success, dedication, or discipline, and this attitude may be supported by teammates, coaches, parents, fans, partners, and families, but it can ultimately have a negative effect on the athlete and others, leaving them open to some level of exploitation or oppression. For example, when a professional/elite athlete’s career dominates a marriage or domestic partnership, these career-dominated relationships can require a partner to make costly sacrifices as they support the athlete’s success. Conversely, athletes can become overly fixated on certain outcomes that negatively affect their mental and emotional health and lead to exploitation through any number of channels. This session explores the myriad ramifications of sport obsession and how it leads to oppression and exploitation of athletes and those they care about.

Chris Knoester & Victoria Fields
Yilun Zhou
Madison Danford
Jessica Siegele, Natalie Welch, & Robin Hardin

Friday November 8, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Peacock B