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The role of sport-based social networks in the management of long-term health conditions: Insights from the World Transplant Games

Wiltshire, Gareth; Clarke, Nicola J; Phoenix, Cassandra; Bescoby, Carl

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Gareth Wiltshire

Nicola J Clarke

Carl Bescoby



Abstract

In the context of an increasing clinical need to better support self-management for people living with long-term health conditions an interest in the role of social networks has emerged. Given that sport participation often provides opportunities for social engagement, a space to explore self-management at the intersection of medical sociology and the sociology of sport has opened up. This article presents findings from an exploratory qualitative study with organ transplant recipients who have participated in Transplant Games events – national and international multi-sport competitions for organ transplant recipients. Our findings illustrate how sport-based social networks serve as resources for health-related knowledge, provide participants with additional affective support and help shape health expectations for the future. Although sport-based social networks were seen as an overwhelmingly positive resource for our participants, it is plausible that harmful unintended consequences could arise for patients with existing self-management issues. As such, it is recommended that people seeking to use sport as a tool to enhance illness self-management should consider the various and powerful ways that social networks can be impactful and anticipate the potential consequences accordingly.

Citation

Wiltshire, G., Clarke, N. J., Phoenix, C., & Bescoby, C. (2022). The role of sport-based social networks in the management of long-term health conditions: Insights from the World Transplant Games. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 57(2), 256-272. https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690220979202

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2020
Publication Date Mar 1, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 22, 2021
Publicly Available Date Sep 22, 2021
Journal International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Print ISSN 1012-6902
Electronic ISSN 1461-7218
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 2
Pages 256-272
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690220979202

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