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Football Narratives: Recovery & Mental Health

Brawn, P, COMBES, Helen and ELLIS, Naomi (2015) Football Narratives: Recovery & Mental Health. Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care, 2 (1). pp. 30-46. ISSN 2057-2921

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Much has been written about the importance of physical activity on psychological wellbeing (Carless, 2008; Carless & Douglas, 2008; Carless and Douglas, 2010) however, little research has been published which explores the impact of participating in a competitive team sport such as football on mental health, well-being and recovery. This paper explores the stories of people who experience mental health difficulties who also compete in a mental health and well-being football league. Interviews were conducted with seven men between the ages of 25-63 each of whom were participating in a mental health and wellbeing football league. The interviews were subject to a narrative analysis. One major narrative theme and seven narrative subthemes were extrapolated. The major narrative was that participants rediscovered their sense of identity through their participation in the league. Participating in competition led to a greater sense of wellbeing amongst members. Within this major theme two subthemes emerged, which were connected to previous sporting histories and a sense of personal growth through connection and community. The narratives include stories describing processes, opportunities and outcomes through participation in the league occasionally connected to recovery. The football league and associated training can enable people to tell stories about themselves which develop and maintain a positive sense of self and identity within a united football community.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Helen COMBES
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 10:02
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:46

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