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Rodeo is considered one of the most rapid-growing sports across many nations and consists of highly talented, tough athletes (Haney & Pearson, 1999). There is a gap in the research that examines the occupation of rodeo through an occupational therapy and occupational science perspective. Occupational science, the study of human occupation, focuses on how the form, function, and meaning of daily activities influence health and well-being (Larson & Zemke, 2003). Form, function, and meaning guided the mixed-method research study utilizing survey, interview, narrative prompt, and photo elicitation. Three themes were extracted from the data and embodied the personal and occupational experiences of rodeo. The research findings enhance the knowledge of the occupation of rodeo and inform the occupational therapy profession. The research findings support the importance of cultural responsiveness, balancing positive and negative effects that occupations have on health, and recognizing the importance of community and occupation. Future research would benefit from continuing to explore the complexity of rodeo and the long-lasting health effects that may arise from participation in the sport.

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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Rodeo, Occupation, Occupational Therapy, Mixed-Method Research

Medical Subject Headings

Athletes, Occupational Therapy, Qualitative Research, Humans


Occupational Therapy | Sports Sciences


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences August 5-11, 2022.

An Exploration of the Lifestyle of Rodeo Athletes

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