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The Competitive Older Athlete: A Review of Psychosocial and Sociological Issues

Dionigi, Rylee A. PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January/March 2016 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 55–62
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000091
The Aging Athlete
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This review focuses on works that examine the participation of older people in sport from a critical social science perspective. It reveals how, on the one hand, sport can provide many benefits for participants, but on the other hand it also creates psychosocial and sociocultural issues for older participants that need to be managed by society, individuals working with older people and older people themselves. The author argues that while sport should be made available to older people, participation in sport should not be an expectation for all as we age because of access, equity and personal issues.

School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health, Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia.

Correspondence: Rylee A. Dionigi, PhD, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health, Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Ave, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia (rdionigi@csu.edu.au).

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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