"It's 5 O'clock in the Morning and You're Just on Fire": Exploring Embodied Experiences in Competitive Swimming

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  • Gareth McNarry
Swimming is one sport where embodied experiences have been shown to be core elements of recreational participation, where experiences in relation to the temperature or touch of the water have come to the fore. However, the embodied experiences of competitive swimmers remain relatively under-researched.

This study therefore develops a richer and deeper understanding of these experiences and how they contribute fundamentally to the construction of the competitive swimming lifeworld. This is achieved by highlighting: the swimmers motivations for entering and remaining in the sport; the different ways the swimming body is central to the ‘doing’ of swimming; the variety of sensory experiences that swimmers have as part of this ‘doing’ and; how these experiences are shared emphasising the social nature of competitive swimming.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherDepartment of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
Number of pages309
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Note re. dissertation

The thesis is submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Lincoln and the University of Copenhagen for the degree of Doctor of Philosopy.

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