Book Review - Spoilsports (understanding and preventing sexual exploitation in sport): Celia H Brackenridge. Routledge-Taylor and Francis Books Ltd, 2001, £19.99, paperback, pp 284. ISBN 0419257802

N. Mutrie

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Celia Brackenridge is internationally acclaimed for her work in uncovering the story of sexual exploitation in sport and offering explanations about why it occurs. She is uniquely qualified by her professional expertise as a scholar in the sociology of sport and by her own experience as coach and athlete at elite level in the sport of lacrosse. It is very brave to pursue a line of research that almost always creates immediate resistance from the audience (" . . .that can't be happening in our sport/profession"). It is also personally harrowing to investigate this issue with the victims and to find support to cope with what is heard. The production of this book is therefore a culmination of several years of difficult research. It is clear to me that all of us involved in sport must read this book and be aware of the issues. Those of us in higher education must also put this book on the reading list for "ethical issues" topics in curricula for all sport related degrees.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages311
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • book review
  • exercise
  • sport
  • sports science
  • physical activity
  • feminism
  • gender
  • psychology

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