The name of the game: a review of sexual exploitation of females in sport

Curr Womens Health Rep. 2001 Dec;1(3):225-31.


Sexual harassment and abuse has been a recognized problem in the workplace, schools, and residential homes for more than three decades. Many professional policies highlight the potential for abusing positions of trust, and therefore forbid intimate relationships between, for example, doctors and patients, and psychologists and clients. Yet, abuse of power in the coach-athlete relationship has only recently been acknowledged. This paper discusses definitions of sexual exploitation, prevalence figures, methods used for entrapping athletes, potential risk factors, signs of abuse and harassment, and the consequences for survivors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / prevention & control
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Male
  • Organizational Culture
  • Peer Group
  • Physical Education and Training / organization & administration
  • Prejudice*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexual Harassment*
  • Sports*
  • Women's Rights*