Sport, loneliness and solitude

The value of sport and physical activity is often found in the potential to bring people together, to form communities, to develop new friendships or strengthen existing ones. Self-determination theory, which often informs initiatives to promote exercise and physical activity, has relatedness as one key component. This often translates to emphasising social support and connectednessContinue reading “Sport, loneliness and solitude”

Dr Emily Ryall (Pt3) | Technology | Sport Philosophy | Heidegger | Fairness | Safety

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/ryall3/ It is difficult to imagine any sporting activity that is devoid of technology. But how do new sporting technologies affect the values we ascribe to sport? In this episode with Dr Emily Ryall, we revisit some of our discussion in a previous episode about the intrinsic/extrinsic values of sport and start exploring how technologyContinue reading “Dr Emily Ryall (Pt3) | Technology | Sport Philosophy | Heidegger | Fairness | Safety”

Dr Colum Cronin (Pt2) | Care | Sport Coaching | Feminist Sociology | Phenomenology

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/cronin2/ “Coaches have a duty of care that moves beyond protection and involves the development of caring relationships with athletes”. This is the position advanced by Dr Colum Cronin whose recent work has advanced care theory and research in sport coaching. But what do caring relationships look like and is it realistic to expect thatContinue reading “Dr Colum Cronin (Pt2) | Care | Sport Coaching | Feminist Sociology | Phenomenology”

Petter Kukkonen (Pt2) | Ancient Greece | Olympics | Coaching | Athletic Retirement

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/kukkonen2/ This is the second part of our discussion with Petter Kukkonen, a former Nordic combined athlete and Finnish national team head coach. His search for the next big thing in his life following athletic retirement led him to write a 750-page novel about one athlete’s story in Ancient Greece. Almost 15 years of researchContinue reading “Petter Kukkonen (Pt2) | Ancient Greece | Olympics | Coaching | Athletic Retirement”

Michael Tremblay (Pt2) | Stoicism | Mixed Martial Arts | Sport Philosophy | Virtue

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/tremblay2/ In their writings, Stoic philosophers have many references to sport. But how did the Stoics think about happiness, good life and meaningful life? What role might sport have in all this? How can we cultivate stoic virtues when we are practising sport? This is the second part of our episode with Michael Tremblay. InContinue reading “Michael Tremblay (Pt2) | Stoicism | Mixed Martial Arts | Sport Philosophy | Virtue”

Greg Dryer (Pt2) | Physical Education | Critical Pedagogy | miMove App

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/dryer2/ The second part of our discussion with Greg Dryer explores to the role of using apps and other ways of measuring our physical activity and how they might shape how we think and feel about movement, or even how we find meaning in it. We explore Greg’s project of developing and launching the miMoveContinue reading “Greg Dryer (Pt2) | Physical Education | Critical Pedagogy | miMove App”

Dr Anna Kavoura (Pt1) | Gender | Discourse | Femininity | Non-binary Athletes | Alternative Meanings

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/kavoura/ Sport is a very gendered institution. Although there has been a lot of effort to tackle gender-based inequalities in the past few decades, a lot of work remains to be done. This episode explores how gender informs meaning in sport. How does gender identity intersect with athletic identity? What discourses are dominant in sportingContinue reading “Dr Anna Kavoura (Pt1) | Gender | Discourse | Femininity | Non-binary Athletes | Alternative Meanings”

Dr Michael McDougall (Pt2) | Meaningful Work | Sport Organisations | Culture Change | Management of Meaning

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/mcdougall2/ The second part of our episode with Dr Michael McDougall focuses on culture, meaningful work and management of meaning. While it is very intuitive to think that aiming to create more meaningful work (or sport) is a worthy goal in organisations, so-called ‘management of meaning’ can be problematic in many levels. Our guest willContinue reading “Dr Michael McDougall (Pt2) | Meaningful Work | Sport Organisations | Culture Change | Management of Meaning”

Professor Simon Beames (Pt1) | Adventure | Outdoor Education | Sustainability | Authenticity

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/beames/ While the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by the shift from gyms and indoor exercise to nature-based movement activities, it can be seen as an intensification of a broader trend of a growth of interest in nature-based sports and adventures. In this episode, Professor Simon Beames helps us to understand the current trends inContinue reading “Professor Simon Beames (Pt1) | Adventure | Outdoor Education | Sustainability | Authenticity”

Petter Kukkonen (Pt1) | Ancient Greece | Olympics | Culture | Athletic Retirement

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/kukkonen/ Petter Kukkonen is a former Nordic combined athlete and current Finnish national team head coach whose search for the next big thing in his life following athletic retirement led him to write a 750-page novel about one athlete’s story in Ancient Greece. Almost 15 years of research and writing recently came into completion whenContinue reading “Petter Kukkonen (Pt1) | Ancient Greece | Olympics | Culture | Athletic Retirement”