Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Non-accidental violence in sport

Non-accidental Violence in Sport

Article summary

This study offers a systematic qualitative review about organizational antecedents of non-accidental violence in sport. The authors seek to understand harmful interactions between individuals and examine participants' interpretations of their experiences. A qualitative systematic review allows synthesizing information, reexamining, and comparing findings from multiple studies. It also enables critical systematic reflection of non-accidental violence from an organizational perspective.

The authors reviewed 43 publications selected using the PRISMA framework. The results show that structural factors and motivational factors contribute to non-accidental violence in sport. Specifically, organizational tolerance, conformity to values, power imbalance, and instrumental beliefs are most conducive to psychological abuse. For instance, some coaches and even athletes use instrumental beliefs to drive performance, avoid failure, and keep interpersonal control. Tolerance and conformity to values coupled with instrumental beliefs and winner-takes-all are accessories to physical abuse. For example, some athletes use physical abuse on the field to undermine their competitors. Finally, sexual abuse is more likely when there is tolerance, power imbalance, and isolation, either physical or psychological. 

This blog post presents a brief summary of the article's key findings as an introduction to the topic. There is valuable information to be gleaned from reading the entire article. Graduate students are responsible for finding the article, interpreting the content, and discussing its content as it pertains to the course assignment(s) so they can make individual progress towards the course's assessment standards. The skills gained from completing these activities are helpful during the course, in preparing for comprehensive examinations at the end of the program, and post-graduation. There is a presentation in the video below by Marquis that you may also find helpful. 

Presenter: Marquis

Pre-presentation struggles:

Roberts, V., Sojo, V., & Grant, F. (2019;2020;). Organisational factors and non-accidental violence in sport: A systematic review. Sport Management Review, 23(1), 8-27. doi:10.1016/j.smr.2019.03.001


  1. This was funny. LOL. THANK YOU COVID!!! STRUGGE IS REAL.

  2. Very interesting but also sad. I thought the factors were well done. Structural factors, social factors, and organizational stressors. This reminds me of the Sandusky scandal and the Nassar scandal. The structures of those organizations really allowed the abuse to happen. This is a very informative piece, thank you!

  3. My name is Brian Davis/Current Readings class/ Fall 2 bonus points.
    Very Interesting topic. By listening to the information in the blog non accidental sports violence I did not realize as a former athlete I was subject to common forms of non accidental sports violence such as Psychological abuse and Physical abuse. Growing up with a military father my dad would scream or curse if I did something wrong or if i didn't give it my all he would scream or curse. When Im playing sports my coach would do the same. I thought that it was the norm for coaches to curse or degrade you if you wasn't playing well or giving it your all I guess I was just use to it, Its sad to say, but it made me play better because i was strong enough mentally to take it and it made me perform better on the field. When the coach verbally abused me all i did was take it out on a teammate or an opponent and it made me a better player but that doesn't make it right. Watching the blog video made me realize that type of abusive behavior has no place in sports, some athletes can deal with the abuse but some cant.

  4. Interesting sad topic. My coaches did the same, it made me tougher but no one should have to deal with that.

    Isaiah cotton
    12/2/21 current reading

  5. Very interesting and sad! I never realized how this impacted me when I was an athlete. It certainly made me tougher but had long affects on me. It is good as a current coach to be aware of this to never make my athletes feel this way.

    Mollie Kearns
    Current Reading

  6. This is interesting but not shocking that such a high number of athletes have experienced physical and psychological abuse in the past. I think that the new guidelines from the NCAA regarding conditioning and no longer allowing conditioning as punishment is a good step toward starting to address this abuse, but sport as a whole has allowed this for so long that it is going to be a huge challenge trying to break it down systemically. Really great summary of the literature.

    Samantha Brown
    Current Reading FA2

  7. A few months ago there was a crisis where many fans were injured at a soccer match in Mexico. Queretaro fans attacked Atlas fans with objects such as chairs and metal poles. The crisis is considered an operational crisis because of lack of security at the stadium but can this example also be a reputational crisis because the owner was forced to sell his team? This crisis not only damaged the image of the team but also the image of Mexican soccer.

    1. sorry I posted this on the wrong blog and cant delete it

  8. Two of the documentary films that I recommend watching as a sport administrator are Athlete A and Happy Valley. Both films address serial misconduct within a sport community that is overlooked by those in charge, which in turn leads to more victims and more suffering. Very interesting films.