Care and touch in trampoline gymnastics: reflections and analysis from the UK

Alun Hardman, Jake Bailey, Rhiannon Lord

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Introduction Interest in the phenomenon of child abuse in sport has gained signifi cant prominence in the last twenty years, primarily due to a number of media driven high profi le cases (Brackenridge, 2010; Donegan, 1995). This concern and attention, though borne out of good intentions, and because it triggers people’s sensibilities and emotions unequivocally, has also propagated a normative discourse remarkable for its narrow focus and degree of universal agreement. As a result, sports organisations, operating within a quasi-public social and political context, have become preoccupied with ‘defi ning the “correct” response to the problem and in cultivating a succession of practices as a means to govern the response of others’ (Piper, Garratt, & Taylor, 2013: 595). Sport coaches, who are on the policyto-practice front line, are enveloped by an institutionalised orthodoxy towards the phenomenon that leaves little space for a more enlightened discourse on the role of the coach conceived as ‘one-caring’ (Noddings, 2003: 8), and what this might mean in terms of best practice behaviours in caring for the children, young people and adults they coach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTouch in sports coaching and physical education
Subtitle of host publicationfear, risk, and moral panic
EditorsHeather Piper
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780203404362
ISBN (Print)9780415829762
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Sport, Culture and society


  • Care
  • Touch
  • Coaching
  • Trampoline gymnastics
  • Narrative
  • Ethics


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