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dc.contributor.authorBeasley, Vista Len_UK
dc.contributor.authorArthur, Rosieen_UK
dc.contributor.authorEklund, Robert Cen_UK
dc.contributor.authorCoffee, Peteen_UK
dc.contributor.authorArthur, Calumen_UK
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to explore the viability of the social identity approach as a theoretical framework for examining injury in the context of a group exercise program, CrossFit®. Specifically, we sought to identify values of group exercise participants relevant to overuse risk behaviors as well as participants’ responses to criticisms about injury. Via thematic analysis, observations of a CrossFit® setting (N = 31) and interviews of members (N = 14) yielded three social identity content (i.e., Being Hard Core, Achieving Results, Camaraderie). Behaviors employed to enact these social identity content (e.g., engage in frequent, high intensity workouts; attend despite low-level pain; encourage others to continue despite pain; withhold pain reports from group leaders) enabled members to obtain positive evaluations or avert negative evaluations of group members yet also incurred higher overuse injury risk. We also identified two prominent types of responses of CrossFit® members to criticisms about injury in CrossFit® activity: Compare dimensions (e.g., how well members handled the injuries; the effort they put into prevention; health benefits; strength gained) of the group which were perceived as superior to other contexts, and denounce critics. These response types were interpreted to reflect social creativity and polarization, respectively. Altogether, the findings indicate that group-based psychological factors contribute to overuse injury, advancing previous 35 literature in which intra- and inter-personal factors were the primary focus. This study 36 contributed to the literature by identifying theory-based injury risk factors in group exercise contexts which may inform future injury-prevention interventions.en_UK
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Associationen_UK
dc.relationBeasley VL, Arthur R, Eklund RC, Coffee P & Arthur C (2021) A Thematic Analysis of Social Identity and Injury in CrossFit®. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.en_UK
dc.rights©American Psychological Association, 2021. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at:
dc.subjectfear of negative evaluationen_UK
dc.subjectpragmatic paradigmen_UK
dc.subjectsocial threaten_UK
dc.titleA Thematic Analysis of Social Identity and Injury in CrossFit®en_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleSport, Exercise, and Performance Psychologyen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.description.notesOutput Status: Forthcomingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationThe College at Brockport State University of New Yorken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of the West of Scotlanden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationFlorida State Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUK Sporten_UK
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