Considering how athletic identity assists adjustment to spinal cord injury: A qualitative study

C. Hawkins, P. Coffee, A. Soundy*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objectives: To establish how sport, and access to an athletic identity, has been used when adjusting to a spinal cord injury. 

Design: Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. 

Setting: Private athletic club.

Participants: Eight (six males and two females) athletes from a wheelchair badminton club participated in the study. The individuals had finished rehabilitation, and were aged between 20 and 50 years.

Main outcome measures: A single semi-structured interview was undertaken with each participant. 

Results: Following the thematic analysis, two final themes were presented: (1) adjustment and paradox of chronic illness; and (2) the role and value of an athletic identity

Conclusions: Badminton provided participants with an opportunity to continue and develop a positive athletic identity. Identity may be used as a factor that can promote recovery, and is considered as a way to encourage and maintain positive long-term adjustment to disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-274
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


  • Adjustment
  • Identity
  • Qualitative
  • Sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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