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Navigating the Rocky Road: Elite Female Boxers’ Perceptions of Their Boxing Journey

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Shakiba Oftadeh-Moghadam ,

University of Portsmouth, GB
About Shakiba

Shakiba Oftadeh-Moghadam is a PhD student at the University of Portsmouth, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. Her research explores the mental health literacy of elite rugby players who identify as women. Shakiba’s research interests include female participation in boxing and combat sports. Shakiba is an amateur boxer and has competed nationally and internationally.

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Catherine Phipps,

Solent University, GB
About Catherine

Catherine Phipps is a lecturer at Solent University, in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences. Catherine completed her PhD at the University of Greenwich, with her research exploring homophobia and LGBT+ inclusion in university-based sport teams. An ex-amateur boxer, she now competes nationally and internationally in powerlifting.

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Richard Thelwell,

University of Portsmouth, GB
About Richard

Richard Thelwell is professor and head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth. Richard’s work has focused on the areas of coach psychology, psychological skills and behaviour change, and practitioner development.

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Neil Weston

University of Portsmouth, GB
About Neil

Neil Weston is a principal lecturer in sport psychology in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth and appointed as the Associate Dean (Academic). Neil’s research focuses on examining the psychology of human performance with particular interest in the impact of psychological skills training on sport performance.

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Abstract

Given the scarcity of psychological research examining female participation in boxing, the present study sought to provide a bottom-up perspective of female amateur boxers’ experiences of, first, the challenges of competing as a female amateur boxer, and second, the strategies employed to overcome these challenges. Additionally, this study aimed to provide specific policy recommendations to facilitate developmental opportunities for female boxers. In order to achieve these aims, phenomenological interviews were conducted with eight elite British female amateur boxers examining the early, middle and later years of their boxing careers. Following an inductive content analysis, the findings revealed that the boxers experienced similar challenges and employed various strategies to deal with these barriers. Furthermore, explicit policy recommendations have been provided, such as the provision of a women’s boxing programme at the elite level and an increase in media promotion of women’s boxing, which may help governing bodies to support their female amateur boxers. Future research examining the perceptions of those who support the boxers (i.e., coaches, parents and sport science/medicine support practitioners) would provide a more holistic evaluation of female boxers’ lived experiences and thus better help in articulating how best to support female athletes throughout their boxing careers.

How to Cite: Oftadeh-Moghadam, S., Phipps, C., Thelwell, R. and Weston, N., 2020. Navigating the Rocky Road: Elite Female Boxers’ Perceptions of Their Boxing Journey. Martial Arts Studies, (9), pp.71–85. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/mas.100
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Published on 23 Mar 2020.
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