SHAPE Research Seminar Series

The concussion crisis in sport

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Seminars

As part of the School of Science and Technology SHAPE  Research Centre Seminar Series, Dr Dominic Malcolm, Loughborough University presents: The concussion crisis in sport.

  • From: Wednesday 5 June 2019, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 5 June 2019, 2 pm
  • Location: ERD 171, Erasmus Darwin, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

As part of the School of Science and Technology SHAPE  Research Centre Seminar Series, Dr Dominic Malcolm, Loughborough University presents: The concussion crisis in sport.

Abstract

This presentation provides a sociological examination of the concussion crisis in sport. Utilising a developmental and cross-cultural analysis, I argue that the debates that have increasingly come to dominate the contemporary sport scene need to be understood as a cultural crisis, the core features of which are escalation, existential uncertainty, and increasingly entrenched social division. This crisis has been precipitated by the peculiar ethical issues related to brain injury, the lack of medical progress in the understanding of head injuries, and the widespread failure of public health and educational initiatives. The solution to the concussion crisis, therefore, lies in cultural change. In particular, I identify the importance of raising awareness of and addressing the contradictions within attitudes towards the sport-health ideology, cultural fears about dementia, contemporary notions of childhood, and the intersection of key sport-related developments in nationalism, celebrity and globalisation. However, resolution will be particularly difficult in the current ‘post-truth condition’ in which populations increasingly talk past rather than to each other, mis-information is widely disseminated, and emotional rhetoric ‘trumps’ deeper analysis of the crisis.

This seminar is hosted by Dr Christopher Matthews

All welcome.

For any enquiries please contact Professor Craig Sale.

Location details

Room/Building:

ERD 171, Erasmus Darwin

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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