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”

Michael Tremblay (Pt1) | Stoicism | Sport Philosophy | Virtue | Martial Arts

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/tremblay/ In their writings, Stoic philosophers have many references to sport. But how did the Stoics think about a good life and a meaningful life? What role might sport have in all this? And most importantly: How can we cultivate stoic virtues when we are practising sport? The first part of our episode with MichaelContinue reading “Michael Tremblay (Pt1) | Stoicism | Sport Philosophy | Virtue | Martial Arts”

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”

Spirituality in Sport

What you are truly after neither has form nor is without form. It cannot be grasped or attained or obtained or conceptualized or even described (…) In other words, there is nothing to get. (Steve Hagen, Buddhism is Not What you Think)  Following developments in other fields such as health sciences, nursing, psychology and management,Continue reading “Spirituality in Sport”

Meaningful Sport – Prof Gunnar Breivik (Pt1) | Heidegger | Sport Philosophy | Sporting Human Being | Existentialism | Worldmaking | Exploration

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/breivik/ Professor Gunnar Breivik’s work has been foundational in the field of sport philosophy and especially in relation to existential philosophy in sport. For Gunnar, a human being is the homo movens and the homo ludens: a playful and active being that explores the world and its own possibilities. Often drawing on Heidegger’s philosophy andContinue reading “Meaningful Sport – Prof Gunnar Breivik (Pt1) | Heidegger | Sport Philosophy | Sporting Human Being | Existentialism | Worldmaking | Exploration”

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”

‘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”