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author:("Roy, kaurene")
1.  Socio-Cultural Power Dynamics and Coping Functions: A Narrative Case Report of a Female Paralympian 
Asian Journal of Sports Medicine  2012;3(2):131-138.
Purpose
This case study explores the lived experiences of an elite female Paralympic powerlifting athlete. The focus is on restrictions and coping responses employed to manage the daily hassles within the cultural and ethnic requirements for achieving athletic excellence.
Methods
With an unstructured interview, the narrative was acquired which ranged to a total of 75 minutes (approx) and 20 single spaced pages. The data was analyzed using Foucauldian discourse analysis in conjuncture to feminist poststructuralist theory.
Results
The results highlight the issues relating to femininity, culture and ethnicity with regard to athletic career. The analysis elicits extracts from the narrative to describe the coping functions reflecting proactive coping, anticipatory coping, and preventative coping.
Conclusions
The narrative draws attention to the socio-cultural restrictions and coping functions that the athlete adopted to overcome the barriers of femininity, culture, ethnicity requirements and athleticism.
PMCID: PMC3426733  PMID: 22943000
Femininity; Ethnicity; Athleticism; Coping Skills; Culture Barriers

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