Kriss Akabusi MBE (Pt1) | Olympics | Elite Sport | Existentialism

Listen to the episode here. Kriss Akabusi, MBE, is an Olympian, motivational speaker and businessman. He achieved three Olympic medals, as well as World, European and Commonwealth titles in his outstanding career as a sprint and hurdling athlete. Very interestingly for our Meaningful Sport podcast, Kriss is drawn to existential philosophy and how it canContinue reading “Kriss Akabusi MBE (Pt1) | Olympics | Elite Sport | Existentialism”

Sport, Happiness, Meaning and ‘the Good Life’

Philosophers throughout history have sought to understand what constitutes a good life. Two candidates often rise above the others: happiness and meaning. Happiness can be understood in many different ways. Psychologists have recently taken interest in the philosophical debates on the difference between hedonia and eudaimonia, that are often understood as two different conceptions ofContinue reading “Sport, Happiness, Meaning and ‘the Good Life’”

Professor Gunnar Breivik (Pt2) | Skydiving | Authenticity | Breakdown | Heidegger | Sport Philosophy

Listen to the episode here. Can we become more authentic through high-risk sports such as skydiving? And why are discontinuities and breakdowns important when we try to understand meaning in human life? In the second part of our discussion with Professor Gunnar Breivik, we delve deeper into Heidegger’ philosophy and key ideas including being-towards-death, authenticity,Continue reading “Professor Gunnar Breivik (Pt2) | Skydiving | Authenticity | Breakdown | Heidegger | Sport Philosophy”

Drs ‪Déirdre Ní Chróinín‬ and Tim Fletcher (Pt2) | Meaningful PE | PE Teacher Education | Youth Sport | LAMPE project

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/meaningfulpe2/ All physical education teachers most likely aim to facilitate meaningful movement experiences. But when asked how they do that, it is not so easy. After all, meaning and meaningfulness are elusive concepts and we cannot assume that what is meaningful for one participant is meaningful in a similar way for another participant. So, givenContinue reading “Drs ‪Déirdre Ní Chróinín‬ and Tim Fletcher (Pt2) | Meaningful PE | PE Teacher Education | Youth Sport | LAMPE project”

Dr Matteo Luzzeri (Pt2) | Meaning in Sport Questionnaire (MSQ) | Writing Interventions | Sport Psychology | Existential Psychology

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/luzzeri2/ Sport and exercise psychology has been somewhat behind other fields of psychology in the study of meaning and meaningfulness. Fortunately, Dr Matteo Luzzeri has taken up the challenge and his research has focused on studying meaning in sport. I met Matteo in the FEPSAC conference in Munster (July 2019), where we presented in theContinue reading “Dr Matteo Luzzeri (Pt2) | Meaning in Sport Questionnaire (MSQ) | Writing Interventions | Sport Psychology | Existential Psychology”

Dr Colum Cronin (Pt1) | Being a Coach | Phenomenology | Care | Teaching | Meaningful Work

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/ccronin/ What does it mean to be a sport coach? How does coaching show up as a meaningful life project? What is the essence of being a coach? These are questions that are is best addressed using a phenomenological research approach. This exciting episode focuses on the phenomenology of sport coaching and what coaching isContinue reading “Dr Colum Cronin (Pt1) | Being a Coach | Phenomenology | Care | Teaching | Meaningful Work”

Positive and Negative Experiences

I have been honoured to have such wonderful guests in the Meaningful Sport podcast who have asked critical but constructive questions around what kind of movement experiences might be important from the perspective of meaningfulness. Especially the episodes on physical education with ‪Déirdre Ní Chróinín and Tim Fletcher and Greg Dryer have centralised these issues.Continue reading “Positive and Negative Experiences”