Touch in sports coaching and physical education: An Australian perspective on caring for young people in physical education and sport

Keith Lyons

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    Abstract

    In our increasingly risk-averse society, touch and touching behaviours between professionals and children have become a fraught issue. In sports coaching and physical education, touching young sports performers and participants has, in some contexts, come to be redefined as dubious and dangerous. Coaches find themselves operating in a framework of regulations and guidelines that create anxiety, for them and others, and for many volunteer (and sometimes professional) coaches, this fearful context has led them to question the risks and benefits of their continuing involvement in sport. Touch in Sports Coaching and Physical Education is the first book to explore this difficult topic in detail. Drawing on a series of international studies from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Sweden and elsewhere, it presents important new research evidence and examines theories of risk and moral panic that frame the discussion. By challenging prevailing orthodoxies the book makes a significant contribution to critical discussion around practice, pedagogy, politics and policy in sport and physical education, and also informs current debates around the nature and quality of all in loco parentis relationships.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTouch in Sports Coaching and Physical Education
    Subtitle of host publicationFear, Risk and Moral Panic
    EditorsH Piper
    Place of PublicationNew York, USA
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter9
    Pages1-194
    Number of pages194
    Volume35
    ISBN (Electronic)9781134118021
    ISBN (Print)9780415829762
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society
    PublisherRoutledge
    Volume35

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