17th Annual ECSS-Congress, Bruges 2012

Abstract details

Abstract-ID: 263
Session: [E-POS] E-poster (not debated)
Lecture room: On Screen
Date & time: 06.07.2016 / -
Title of the paper: Examining the relationship between junior ice hockey participation and alcohol consumption
Authors: Roy, J., Camiré, M.
Institution: University of Ottawa
Department: School of Human Kinetics
Country: Canada
Abstract text Introduction Research has shown how sport participants have higher rates of alcohol consumption than nonparticipants, with ice hockey having been identified as a sport where athletes are particularly involved in binge drinking (Ford, 2007). However, little is known as it relates to the psychosocial factors that influence alcohol consumption among ice hockey players within adolescence and emerging adulthood. Methods Using a case study approach (Yin, 2009), the purpose of this study was to examine alcohol consumption within a Canadian junior (17-21 years) ice hockey team over the course of an entire season. Semi-structured interviews were conducted at three different time points (beginning, middle, and end of season) with five male participants (two coaches and three players). All participants were of legal drinking age. The interviews lasted between 45 and 79 minutes (M = 55:45). The researcher was granted full access to all team facilities (e.g., locker room), with observations occurring during training camp, regular season games, tournaments, and playoffs. Results During the regular season, the locker room and a local bar close to the arena were identified as the areas most conducive to alcohol consumption after games, with beer being the preferred choice. During tournaments, excessive alcohol consumption was prevalent amongst all team members, with some indicating that drinking superseded playing ice hockey as their main motivation for taking part in the tournament. While intoxicated, team members engaged in drunk driving, risky sexual practices, and hotel vandalism, all practices reinforced by the chauvinist climate that existed within the team environment. Discussion Interest in the alcohol-sport relationship is growing, as evidenced by the special issue (June 2014) in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport. The current study contributes to the literature in this area by exploring in-depth how and why alcohol consumption occurs in Canadian junior ice hockey. As the findings indicate, alcohol consumption is inherently engrained within the fabric of ice hockey, with players and coaches often engaging in binge drinking that leads to risk-related behaviors. Despite having provided rich insights into the intricate inner-workings of alcohol consumption in ice hockey, the findings are limited in the generalizability as data were collected within a single team. Further research is warranted in different contexts (e.g., women’s ice hockey) to ascertain if/how alcohol consumption manifests itself differently. References Ford, J. A. (2007). Substance use among college athletes: A comparison based on sport/team affiliation. Journal of American College Health, 55, 367-373. Yin, R. K. (2009). Case study research, design and methods (4th ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. Contact jroy127@uottawa.ca
Topic: Psychology
Keyword I: Alcohol consumption
Keyword II: Junior ice hockey
Keyword III: Binge drinking