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      Advancing feminist innovation in sport studies: A transdisciplinary dialogue on gender, health and wellbeing


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          Athlete health and wellbeing requires a holistic, multidimensional approach to understanding, supporting, and treating individual athletes. Building more supportive, inclusive, and equitable environments for the health and wellbeing of women and gender expansive people further requires gender-responsive approaches that promote broader cultural change. Feminist sport and exercise medicine practitioners, sports scientists, and social science researchers are increasingly coming together in their efforts to do this work. However, working across disciplines inevitably includes an array of ontological, epistemological, and political challenges. In this paper, we offer a curated ‘dialogue’ with a group of feminist scholars engaged in research and practice across disciplines, bringing them together to discuss some of the most pressing gendered issues in sport today (i.e., ACL injury, concussion, menstruation in sport, mental health, gender categories). In so doing, we amplify the voices of those working (empirically and clinically) at the disciplinary intersections of gender, sport and health, and learn about some of the current and future possibilities for transdisciplinary innovations and strategies for building (responsiveness to) cultural change.



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              How experience gets under the skin to create gradients in developmental health.

              Social environments and experiences get under the skin early in life in ways that affect the course of human development. Because most factors associated with early child development are a function of socio-economic status, differences in early child development form a socio-economic gradient. We are now learning how, when, and by what means early experiences influence key biological systems over the long term to produce gradients: a process known as biological embedding. Opportunities for biological embedding are tethered closely to sensitive periods in the development of neural circuitry. Epigenetic regulation is the best example of operating principles relevant to biological embedding. We are now in a position to ask how early childhood environments work together with genetic variation and epigenetic regulation to generate socially partitioned developmental trajectories with impact on health across the life course.

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                Front Sports Act Living
                Front Sports Act Living
                Front. Sports Act. Living
                Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                04 January 2023
                : 4
                : 1060851
                [ 1 ]School of Health, University of Waikato , Hamilton, New Zealand
                [ 2 ]Department for Health, University of Bath , Bath, United Kingdom
                [ 3 ]Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith University , Nathan, AU-QLD, Australia
                [ 4 ]Department of Physiology, Midlands State University , Gweru, Zimbabwe
                [ 5 ]School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University , Joondalup, AU-WA, Australia
                [ 6 ]Institute of Sports Science, Université de Lausanne , Lausanne, Switzerland
                [ 7 ]AUT Sports Performance Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology , Auckland, New Zealand
                [ 8 ]Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University , Burnaby, BC, Canada
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                Edited by: Richard Giulianotti, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

                Reviewed by: Rachel Allison, Mississippi State University, United States Tatiana V. Ryba, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

                [* ] Correspondence: Holly Thorpe holly.thorpe@ 123456waikato.ac.nz

                Specialty Section: This article was submitted to The History, Culture and Sociology of Sports, a section of the journal Frontiers in Sports and Active Living

                © 2023 Thorpe, Bekker, Fullagar, Mkumbuzi, Nimphius, Pape, Sims and Travers.

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