Journal article

The Provision of Social Support for Elite Indigenous Athletes in Australian Football

Matthew Nicholson, Russell Hoye, David Gallant

JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT | HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC | Published : 2011

Abstract

This paper reports the findings of an exploratory study into the perceptions of social support held by elite Indigenous athletes playing in the Australian Football League. Indigenous athletes within the AFL appear to require more culturally relevant and specialized support structures than non-Indigenous athletes. The study illustrates that teammates of a similar cultural background are the most important providers of social support and that Indigenous led and implemented support structures and programs seem most likely to be successful in supporting Indigenous athletes. The study highlighted that the family and community connections held by Indigenous athletes are little understood by their ..

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