The Black Dog of Swimming: Mental Illness and Australia's Sporting Industrial Complex

Kampmark, B 2019, 'The Black Dog of Swimming: Mental Illness and Australia's Sporting Industrial Complex', Physical Culture and Sport Studies and Research, vol. 81, no. 1, pp. 23-35.


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Title The Black Dog of Swimming: Mental Illness and Australia's Sporting Industrial Complex
Author(s) Kampmark, B
Year 2019
Journal name Physical Culture and Sport Studies and Research
Volume number 81
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 35
Total pages 13
Publisher Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego Jozefa Pilsudskiego w Warszawie
Abstract This article considers the cultural and social crisis facing the sporting celebrity, with specific reference to the Australian athlete in the field of swimming. In that sense, this paper argues that parallels in other political systems for ruthless, sustained success, and the loss occasioned by it to individual sports figures, should be considered. Liberal democracies can still be perpetrating systems of sporting depression and mental illness, undermining their representatives in a relentless drive for performance and medals. The problem lies in what might be best described as a sporting industrial complex, one that emerged in Australia with the professionalization of sports.
Subject Sociology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) mental illness
Australian swimming
health
sporting industrial complex
DOI - identifier 10.2478/pcssr-2019-0003
Copyright notice © 2019 Open Access article distributed under the terms of CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License
ISSN 1899-4849
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