While football training may be a potent strategy for health promotion in older men, the considerable risk of injuries may constitute a barrier for referral of clinical populations. The current study explored the attitudes of men with prostate cancer on risk in the context of injuries related to participating in a community-based football program. Four videotaped focus group interviews, and three individual in-depth telephone interviews were carried out with men with prostate cancer (n=35; mean age 68.8). Thematic networks technique was used to derive the global theme Injury-induced reinforced masculinity comprising five sub-themes: "Part of the game", "A good story to tell", "Like boys again", "An old, carefree body", and "Camaraderie". Collectively, these themes explained how football injuries may reflect masculine ideals in some men with prostate cancer. The study indicates that injuries are largely acceptable to men with prostate cancer, especially those in search of a means for expressing their masculinity.
Journal of aging and physical activity. 2018 Aug 17 [Epub ahead of print]
Mette Rørth, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, Prue Cormie, John L Oliffe, Julie Midtgaard
a The University Hospitals Centre for Health Research, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Department 9701, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark., b National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, DK-1353 Copenhagen, Denmark., c Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University, Level 5Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia., d School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 2B5, Canada.