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“It's such a vicious cycle”: Narrative accounts of the sportsperson with epilepsy.

Collard, S. and Marlow, C., 2016. “It's such a vicious cycle”: Narrative accounts of the sportsperson with epilepsy. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 24, 56 - 64.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.01.007


Objectives: There is an abundance of quantitative and medical research promoting the benefits of exercise for people with epilepsy. However, the psychosocial barriers and benefits of exercising for the sportsperson/people with epilepsy (SWE) are absent. This research aims to present the narratives of SWE over time and as a result, develop further understanding of the psychosocial impact of exercising with epilepsy. Method: A holistic-content and structural narrative analysis were used to explore the exercise experiences of three SWE over the course of one year. A creative non-fictional technique was used to present first person narratives, therefore providing the SWE's voice for the reader. Results: Narratives of ‘vicious cycle’ and ‘roller coaster’ presented complex and multi-thematic storied forms, with time and the hidden nature of epilepsy having a strong impact on narrative formation. Vicious cycle presented the cycle of desiring to exercise, but prevented from exercising because of uncontrolled seizures. This resulted in frustration and feelings of a lack of control, which subsequently increased the desire to exercise and created a cycle with no clear end. Roller coaster presented the constant psychosocial and physical undulations that epilepsy can create for a SWE over time. Conclusion: These narratives reveal that exercising with epilepsy has a constant and on-going positive and negative impact on the life of SWE. However, these narratives also show that it may be through the process of acceptance of their body's limitations that a healthier mental and physical state may result for the SWE.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Epilepsy; Exercise; Narrative; Qualitative; Sports; Psychosocial
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:23137
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 Feb 2016 09:47
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:54


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