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Regulating the Harmful, Injurious and Risky Business of Professional Wrestling

The Suffering Body in Sport

ISBN: 978-1-78756-069-7, eISBN: 978-1-78756-068-0

ISSN: 1476-2854

Publication date: 24 July 2019



The research is limited to sports participants working in the dominant, visible and therefore arguably most accountable professional wrestling corporation in the USA. Implication of the research is that a more in-depth investigation into the utility of regulation is needed. Additionally, it raises concerns regarding the potential hidden work-related premature deaths, harms and injuries in other promotions in the USA and beyond.




The author would like to thank all the individuals in the 50 states in the USA who responded to her email enquiries for their prompt and helpful replies. The author would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments.


Corteen, K. (2019), "Regulating the Harmful, Injurious and Risky Business of Professional Wrestling", The Suffering Body in Sport (Research in the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 12), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 163-178.



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