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Becoming Disabled Through Sport: Embodied Memories of Pain

By Brett Smith and Andrew C. Sparkes


Drawing on data from a life history study of a small group of men (n=14) who\ud have suffered spinal cord injury (SCI) and become disabled through playing\ud sport, this chapter explores these men’s embodied memories of pain that were\ud experienced in a specific period of their lives. This period was the initial acute\ud phase of rehabilitation following SCI that they experienced between four and\ud 20 years ago. During this phase of rehabilitation all the participants lived with\ud excruciating pain. Fortunately though, there comes a time when the nerve\ud fibers either outside (peripheral) or within (central) the spinal cord begin to fail\ud to transmit pain, which diminishes until specific areas of the body become, for\ud most people, largely, or totally pain free. This occurs approximately six months\ud after first experiencing paid and is possibly due to neurochemical changes that\ud may influence neuronal hyperactivity and pain perception. That said, pain is\ud not forgotten

Topics: RC1200, BF
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:5022

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