Title of Work

The Ripple Effect: How a high school cross country team built a culture of love through team journals

Document Type

Poster Session

Publication/Presentation Date


City of Publication or Presentation

Portland, OR

Conference Name

Association of Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference

Conference Location

Portland, OR


Background: Exercise adherence rates remain low, with only 1 in 5 adults meeting the minimum physical activity guidelines (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). This trend is in part linked to negative associations with exercise (i.e., exercise is a weight loss, body shaping tool; exercise is “work”) and negative exercise or sport experiences. Furthermore, research has shown that women and men’s experiences may be constrained by narrowed gendered meanings and gender roles that underlie and impact the exercise experience.

Purpose: This workshop will share findings from a recent study exploring how high school sporting narratives impact men’s and women’s exercise experiences and foster adherence through early to mid-adulthood. Combining these findings with previous narrative research in the field, we will provide suggestions and implications for the use of narrative within sport and exercise psychology practice. Participants will learn to critically “read” sport/exercise narratives and work to identify alternative and more positive health promoting narratives in sport.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will critically explore how gender impacts the sport/exercise experience
  2. Participants will gain insight on how the performance and non-performance narratives shape and constrain the exercise and sport experience
  3. Participants will learn ways to infuse feminism and narrative into their sport and exercise psychology consulting practices

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