Sport & Society Journal Award

The International Journal of Sport and Society offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Sport & Society Research Network.

Award Winners for Volume 6

Australian Football, Masculinity, and the Acceptance of Pain and Injury as a Career "Norm"


While there is much literature on pain and sport, the experiences of elite Australian footballers are still an under-researched area. This article is significant in discussions regarding the consequences of the decisions elite sportsmen make with regard to pain and injury. In addition, the culture influencing the decisions footballers make that are not conducive to good health have been largely unchallenged. Unless the current cultural practices within elite sport regarding playing in pain and with an injury are left unchallenged, the consequences for the sportsmen making these decisions will continue to impact their daily lives well into life after sport. The findings from this research are not unique to Australian high contact sports like Australian football but are evident in many sports, both male and female sports. Therefore, it is important to understand the reasons behind the decisions athletes make in order to provide the best possible care for their health and well-being.

Past Award Winners

Volume 5

Athletes with Disabilities: Where Does Empowerment End and Disempowerment Begin?

Deborah L. Rivel, The International Journal of Sport and Society: Annual Review, Volume 5, May 2015, pp. 1-10

Volume 4

Discourses of Social Exclusion in British Tennis: Historical Changes and Continuities

Robert Lake, The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp. 1-11

Volume 3

Black, White and Read All Over: Institutional Racism and the Sports Media

John Price, Neil Farrington, Daniel Kilvington, and Amir Saeed, The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp. 81-90

Volume 2

Older Athletes’ Perceived Benefits of Competition

Rylee A. Dionigi, Joseph Baker, and Sean Horton, The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 17-28

Volume 1

And the Crowd Goes Wild: Fan Participation as Epideictic Rhetoric

Jeremy Schnieder, The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp. 253-262