Dr Mark Nesti (Pt1) | Sport Under COVID-19 | Existential Psychology | Applied Sport Psychology | Anxiety | Loneliness

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/nesti/ I had the honor to host Dr Mark Nesti, my formed PhD supervisor and a pioneer in applying existential psychology in sport, in the podcast. In the episode, we focus on exploring how the existential though can help us understand our situation in the world which has dramatically changed after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.Continue reading “Dr Mark Nesti (Pt1) | Sport Under COVID-19 | Existential Psychology | Applied Sport Psychology | Anxiety | Loneliness”

When the Age ‘Catches Up’

For Albert Camus, the only real philosophical problem is suicide. One might argue that for an athlete, the only real problem is age. After all, modern sport is built on the meta-narrative of progress: higher, faster and stronger. Ageing represents the end of possibilities for advancement in these three goals. And an athlete becomes awareContinue reading “When the Age ‘Catches Up’”

Threats to meaningfulness in sport

No discussion about sport as a meaningful activity would be complete without considerations of the threats to that meaningfulness. We know that many youth athletes drop out or decide to quit. Some studies, mine included, have described how professional athletes consider sport merely a job and just “play the role of the athlete” without buyingContinue reading “Threats to meaningfulness in sport”

Drs ‪Déirdre Ní Chróinín‬ and Tim Fletcher (Pt1) | Meaningful PE | Youth Sport | LAMPE project

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/meaningfulpe/ Are children experiencing meaningless PE? What does meaningful PE look like? How can physical educators actively promote meaningful experiences in PE?  Our guests, Déirdre Ní Chróinín and Tim Fletcher have spent several years on developing and implementing a pioneering framework called Learning About Meaningful Physical Education (LAMPE). The LAMPE project explores ‘whats’ and ‘hows’Continue reading “Drs ‪Déirdre Ní Chróinín‬ and Tim Fletcher (Pt1) | Meaningful PE | Youth Sport | LAMPE project”

Dr Yunus Tuncel (Pt1) | Nietzsche and Sport | Culture | Apollonian and Dionysian | Play

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/tuncel/ Putting Nietzsche and sport together could seem like an odd pairing. Nietzsche suffered from bad health and while he did a lot of walking in the mountains when staying in Sils Maria in Switzerland, he was by no means an athlete philosopher. While he had a lot to say about arts and theater, inContinue reading “Dr Yunus Tuncel (Pt1) | Nietzsche and Sport | Culture | Apollonian and Dionysian | Play”

Dr Matteo Luzzeri (Pt1) | Meaning in Sport | Meaning in Life | Sport Psychology | Existential Psychology

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/luzzeri/ Did you know that the research interest in meaningful life made a reemergence again in the early 2000s after it was abandoned for more than 30 years? Purposeful life and sports are complex topics that researchers have struggled to define empirically. Our guest on the show today is Matteo Luzzeri. He recently completed hisContinue reading “Dr Matteo Luzzeri (Pt1) | Meaning in Sport | Meaning in Life | Sport Psychology | Existential Psychology”

Dr Emily Ryall (Pt1) | Sport and Good Life | Seriousness | Triviality

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/ryall/ This is the first part of our discussions with Dr Emily Ryall where we explore foundational questions about meaning of sport in human life. When thinking of our most urgent needs in life, sport shows itself as trivial. We cannot survive without food and shelter; however, we could go on about our lives withoutContinue reading “Dr Emily Ryall (Pt1) | Sport and Good Life | Seriousness | Triviality”

‘Doing well’, ‘Doing with’ and ‘Doing good’ and their relevance for sport

Research into meaningful sport is not well established, and it is often useful to look into other fields for inspiration and ideas. Meaningful work is one such field, with a large body of literature accumulated in the past two decades. From here, we can find numerous accounts of the ‘ingredients’ of meaningful work, which weContinue reading “‘Doing well’, ‘Doing with’ and ‘Doing good’ and their relevance for sport”