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Body conceptions and virtual ethnopharmacology in an online bodybuilding community

Smith, Aaron C. T and Stewart, Bob (2012) Body conceptions and virtual ethnopharmacology in an online bodybuilding community. Performance Enhancement and Health, 1 (1). pp. 35-38. ISSN 2211-2669

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID25701, performance-enhancing, body image, ethnopharmacology, internet
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 01:03
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2014 23:24
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23262
DOI: 10.1016/j.peh.2012.04.001
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