Sporting bodies, ageing, narrative mapping and young team athletes: An analysis of possible selves

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  • Sparkes A
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Abstract

Drawing on life history data generated from interviews with young athletes at an English university, this paper explores the narrative maps provided to them by older team members and the ways in which these influence perceptions of self-ageing. Three possible selves associated with mid-life emerged from the analysis for detailed focus. These are the preferred self (Almost past it), the feared self (Hanging on) and the reluctant self (Stepping aside). The implications of each of these selves for the ageing experience are considered. Finally, some suggestions are made as to how the narrative resources of young athletes might be expanded.

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  • Ageing
  • Narrative
  • Possible selves
  • Young athletes

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