Kaitlin Pericak

Graduate Student
Racialized Experiences in Athlete Healthcare
Racialized Experiences in Athlete Healthcare
This paper applies Bourdieu’s concept of habitus to understand racialized phenomenon in the injury experience of collegiate athletes within athletic training rooms. Habitus is an internalized mechanism. In fact, habitus is so internalized that we begin to think that what is ‘in us’ is natural. This is, in part, due to the fact that habitus is unconsciously created and reproduced. According to Bourdieu’s concept of habitus, what is materialized in the world is a consequence of internalized ideas that have been developed from childhood through socialization processes. If people have different (injury) experiences based on their race then they are going to internalize these experiences and deploy them in different ways, which is apparent in collegiate athletic training rooms. Athletic training rooms are colonized spaces where different ideas of injury are contested. If institutions, such as athletic training rooms housed within universities, are manifestations of the dominant class and the dominant class is composed mostly of whites, then it makes sense that in these institutions non-whites are going to be disadvantaged. Keeping with the theme of this year’s conference, this paper highlights and challenges colonialism in healthcare within collegiate athletic training rooms.