Body conceptions and virtual ethnopharmacology in an online bodybuilding community

Smith, A and STEWART, B 2012, 'Body conceptions and virtual ethnopharmacology in an online bodybuilding community', Performance Enhancement and Health, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 35-38.


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Title Body conceptions and virtual ethnopharmacology in an online bodybuilding community
Author(s) Smith, A
STEWART, B
Year 2012
Journal name Performance Enhancement and Health
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 38
Total pages 4
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract This study aimed to establish the common body conceptions of a serious online bodybuilding community and determine the role of the online forum in 'virtual ethnopharmacology': the word of 'mouse' sharing of drug protocols. Data were obtained from an online discussion forum dedicated to muscular development, and evaluated using a narrative-based analytical method. Forum postings were collected over a period of 36 months, transposed to software, and thematically coded. The results expose extreme, and sometimes contradictory, body-image constructs held by a devoted muscle-building community obsessed with muscular hypertrophy. Preoccupations with associated accoutrements were also identified, including nutrition and supplements, training regimes and anabolic androgenic substances. This study provides insight into the extreme body conceptions of bodybuilders normally restricted to gym insiders. It also reveals the significance of online platforms in the distribution of pharmacological knowledge and practice.
Subject Sport and Leisure Management
Keyword(s) Body image
Ethnopharmacology
Internet
Performance-enhancing
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.peh.2012.04.001
Copyright notice © 2012 Elsevier
ISSN 2211-2669
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