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In Protection of Whose “Wellbeing?” Considerations of “Clauses and A/Effects” in Athlete Contracts

Kohe, Geoff, Purdy, L.G. (2016) In Protection of Whose “Wellbeing?” Considerations of “Clauses and A/Effects” in Athlete Contracts. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 40 (3). pp. 218-236. ISSN 0193-7235. (doi:10.1177/0193723516633269) (KAR id:66747)


Contractual agreements have become an accepted part of participation processes for athletes in a variety of sport contexts. Closer readings of these contracts,however, pose several questions regarding organizational intentions and motivations,the conceptualization of athletes as "workers," and representation parity. In this article, we draw on four types of athlete contractual documents from both select international "amateur" and "professional" sport settings. Our key considerations include athletes' ownership over their image and identities; medical and health disclosures; lifestyle, behavioral and body choices, and restrictions beyond sport; adherence to organizational philosophy and commitments; and social media and publicity constraints. Our exegesis here encourages sport researchers to deliberate whose "wellbeing" matters most when signing that seductive dotted line.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0193723516633269
Uncontrolled keywords: athletes, contracts, sports workers, legal clauses
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Geoffery Kohe
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 10:08 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 03:28 UTC
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