FROM SELF-CONTROL TO SELF-EXPLOSION: WHEN A SOMATIC INJURY ALLOWS A SPORTSMAN TO EXPLORE HIS SELF
 
Lecocq, G., Socit Franaise de Psychologie, France
 
When a somatic injury appears during sports meetings, two logics are confronting each other: a personal logic where an human being take some distances with the culture of achievement, a cultural logic where a suffering body have no place to exist. An injury is a biological, a sociological and a psychological traumatic experience. Paradoxically, this confrontation and this traumatic experience seem to be a chance for a sportsman: an injury can be a marvellous way for a sportsman to develop a self-consciousness and a self reflective awareness. A somatic failure is also a way for him to (re)connect an usual self-control with an unusual self-exploration. The psychologist, in this moment, has a role to play to allow the sportsman to explore his inwardness. The first purpose of this communication will be to develop the stages which allow a sportsman to be able to accept the benefits of a somatic injury. The second purpose of this communication will be to reinvest a somatic injury in a global story life where a sportsman is not only regulated by a need of achievement. The third purpose of this communication will be to identify the roles of a sport psychologist when he is confronted with a cultural symptom: the sporting injury.