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Meaningful Sport - Prof. John Kaag (Pt2) - Running | Existentialism | Camus | Ageing Athletes | Authenticity

Meaningful Sport - Prof. John Kaag (Pt2) - Running | Existentialism | Camus | Ageing Athletes | Authenticity

February 26, 2021

Why is existential philosophy relevant for understanding the tensions and paradoxes of our sporting lives? How does running (and other sports) become a life-affirming activity, and in other situations a way to escape the absurdity of the human condition? This fascinating conversation with Professor John Kaag explores these questions. This is the second part of the episode and a specific focus is on ageing athletes and encountering our finitude. 

John Kaag is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is the author of several books including Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who you Are. Our conversation draws from his recent essay How to Live with Dying published in The American Scholar.

You can follow John on Twitter @JohnKaag.

If you didn't listen to the first part yet, you'll find it here:

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/kaag/

Dr Risto Marttinen (Pt3) - Podcasting | Modern teaching tools | Article club podcast

Dr Risto Marttinen (Pt3) - Podcasting | Modern teaching tools | Article club podcast

February 23, 2021

Dr Risto Marttinen is an assistant professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.

Check excellent podcast from Risto's team: Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education. You can find it for example here.

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Timestamps:

5:00 Why did Risto start a podcast?

1:08:00 What you should know about using podcast as a teaching tool?

11:00 Article club podcast – why it is favourite format of Dr Marttinen?

15:00 Advantages and disadvantages of different modern teaching methods every lecturer should know.

19:00 What all educators should know about podcasting?

 

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Meaningful Sport - Prof. Kitrina Douglas (Pt1) - Narrative Theory | Identity | Elite Sport | The Performance Narrative | Well-being

Meaningful Sport - Prof. Kitrina Douglas (Pt1) - Narrative Theory | Identity | Elite Sport | The Performance Narrative | Well-being

February 19, 2021

Does elite sport culture steer athletes towards particular stories, identities, feelings and actions? How can athletes resist the dominant narratives, or should they? How can athletes find different stories that allow them to experience alternative meanings and think, feel and live differently?

Kitrina Douglas is Professor at the University of West London and has been one of the pioneers in the narrative study of athletes’ lives. Her narrative typology of performance, discovery and relational narratives of sport, developed together with Dr David Carless, has been a foundation for a number of studies that have followed. In today's episode, she shares fascinating stories from her research and life as an elite athlete, and how she developed and maintained multiple self-stories that were not disrupted by successes and failures experienced in sport.

Examples of Kitrina's numerous research articles on narrative, identity and sport include:

Challenging interpretive privilege in elite and professional sport: one [athlete’s] story, revised, reshaped and reclaimed

Living, resisting, and playing the part of athlete: Narrative tensions in elite sport

Kitrina has also had an important contribution to advancing arts-based and creative qualitative research methodologies. In addition to journal articles and academic books, her work has been published in the form of films, documentaries, poems, songs, and stories. For inspiration, you can visit her YouTube channel.

Dr Risto Marttinen (Pt2) - Fitness testing and data collection in schools

Dr Risto Marttinen (Pt2) - Fitness testing and data collection in schools

February 16, 2021

The current state and issues in with Fitness testing in PE.

Dr Risto Marttinen is an assistant professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.

Check excellent podcast from Risto's team: Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education. You can find it for example here.

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Timestamps:

2:00 Why California stopped fitness testing in schools?

8:00 4-points to make fitness testing feasible in PE

14.00 What all can go wrong in real-world data collection with school age youth?

20:00 What would be ideal activity tracker for youth?

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Meaningful Sport - Drs Nesti & Ronkainen (Pt2) - Spirituality in Sport | Peak Experience | Mindfulness | Applied Sport Psychology | Ageing

Meaningful Sport - Drs Nesti & Ronkainen (Pt2) - Spirituality in Sport | Peak Experience | Mindfulness | Applied Sport Psychology | Ageing

February 12, 2021

In this episode, facilitated by Olli Tikkanen, Noora and Mark discuss their work together on the spiritual dimension of sport. In this second part of the conversation, we start by exploring the ways that the spiritual dimension has been studied in sport research. We talk a bit about the interest on mindfulness in sport psychology and how it has been distanced from spirituality and philosophical ideas. Mark and Noora discuss their favourite topics in the book: applied sport psychology practice (for Mark), ageing, spirituality and sport (for Noora).

The discussion draws on the book Meaning and Spirituality in Sport and Exercise: Psychological Perspectives  (Routledge, 2018). The book explores the many forms of spirituality in sport from a psychological perspective including experiences of transcendence and finding deeper meaning to moments of disjuncture such as career-threatening injury and ageing.

Dr Risto Marttinen (Pt1) - Physical education | Lifelong participation | Student centricity

Dr Risto Marttinen (Pt1) - Physical education | Lifelong participation | Student centricity

February 9, 2021

Dr Risto Marttinen is an assistant professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.

  • The increasing focus of PA in school Physical Education (forgetting the E in PE)
  • The impossibility of PE (in the USA at least) to meet the MVPA goals through prescriptive PE due to time restrictions (obesity, MVPA)

Check excellent podcast from Risto's team: Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education. You can find it for example here.

 

Timestamps:

5:00 Why wrestling teaches a lot of life skills?

10:00 Where did the education disappear from the PE?

15:30 What is role of motor competence for lifelong participation?

18:00 How to be student-centric in PE?

20:00 Does PE need to be fun?

23:00 Simple put clever: informal sports!

24:00 What are constituents of meaningful experiences in PE?

29:00 Lifelong participation – goal of PE?

33:00 Why PE teachers do not need to study more exercise physiology?

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Rob Book (Pt2) | Athletes from Underserved Communities | Cultural Transitions | Athletic Career | Narrative | Sport Psychology

Rob Book (Pt2) | Athletes from Underserved Communities | Cultural Transitions | Athletic Career | Narrative | Sport Psychology

February 5, 2021

Athletes from underserved communities often have unique challenges and their pathways have received relatively little attention in the study of athletes’ careers. This episode continues exploring these athletes’ stories with Rob Book who is working on an exciting PhD project in this area. We discuss these athletes' cultural transitions and lessons learned from Rob’s work from both research and applied practice perspectives.

Before his doctoral research, Rob worked as a physical education teacher and coach in one of the most challenging school districts in the United States. He then transitioned from a teacher to a researcher to explore those athletes' developmental pathways who come from these communities.

Rob and his supervisory team have recently published two articles that form the basis of our conversation. See here:

Oatmeal is better than no meal: the career pathways of African American male professional athletes from underserved communities in the United States 

Sink or swim: career narratives of two African American athletes from underserved communities in the United States.

Rob Book is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark. His research project is 'Empowering youth athletes against the odds: Athletic talent development environments in underserved communities'. 

You can follow Rob on Twitter @book_rob.

Dr Heikki Peltonen (Pt1) - Strength training | Testing | Technology

Dr Heikki Peltonen (Pt1) - Strength training | Testing | Technology

February 2, 2021

In this episode we are talking with Dr Peltonen themes related mainly to his PhD dissertation:

Isometric Force-Time Parameters in Monitoring of Strength Training
With Special Reference to Acute Responses to Different Loading Resistances

Training monitoring has been a common trend in endurance sports and activities over the past several years through the use of heart rate monitors, pedometers, cycling monitors etc. Nevertheless, athletes and enthusiasts, even the same ones as in endurance sport, train in the gym without any accurate training monitors most trainees still keep a training diary by pen and paper. New miniature technologies and their lowered prices enable the development of new innovative monitoring solutions, however these solutions need valid parameters to follow adaptations in strength training as well. One possibility is to utilize isometric strength testing through in-built devices or retrofit sensors. 

The physiology of the human body reacts to strength training in several
ways, and thus neuromuscular adaptation via stress and fatigue is a multifaceted phenomenon from the aspects of time and complex causal dependencies. Therefore, one justifiable theoretical framework is that the performance outcome is the sum of all these physiological changes with performance technique, both in terms of improvement and impairment, due to a single-session of gym exercise and regularly repeated gym sessions (i.e. strength training). However, monitoring via only one training-specific parameter may overestimate the effect of this specific training and overlook or hide other aspects of changes in physiology of the trainee. Training specificity is a well-known and longstanding principle in the field of sport and exercise science (Baker et al. 1994).

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Meaningful Sport – Dr Trish Jackman (Pt2) | Flow | Optimal Experiences | Clutch States | Research Methods

Meaningful Sport – Dr Trish Jackman (Pt2) | Flow | Optimal Experiences | Clutch States | Research Methods

January 29, 2021

This is the second part of our discussion on flow in sport, exercise and physical activity with Dr Trish Jackman. What are the current trends and challenges in studying flow from quantitative and qualitative perspectives? What needs to be considered when studying flow in youth sport? What are the most exciting future directions in this area?

Dr Trish Jackman is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Lincoln, who shares her thoughts on flow in sport and exercise from a research and a personal perspective.

Trish and her colleagues have published several articles on flow. Their recent articles include:

Flow in youth sport, physical activity, and physical education: A systematic review

Optimal experiences in exercise: A qualitative investigation of flow and clutch states

You can follow Trish on Twitter @Trish_Jackman

Dr Patrick Jachyra (Pt2) - Online PA program | Tips & Tricks | Neurodevelopmental disorders

Dr Patrick Jachyra (Pt2) - Online PA program | Tips & Tricks | Neurodevelopmental disorders

January 26, 2021

Dr Patrick Jachyra is working as a post-doctoral fellow at Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in University of Toronto.

His research explores, for example, physical activity participation among young people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Young people with ASD are less likely to be physically active compared to their peers, and increasingly become even less active during adolescence in both scholastic and community contexts.

The combination of declining physical activity, side effects of medication treating core symptoms of ASD, and highly sedentary behaviours position young people diagnosed with ASD to experience reduced psycho-social development and well-being.

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Dr Abigail Morris (Pt2) - Sedentary behaviour | Workplace | Behaviour change

Dr Abigail Morris (Pt2) - Sedentary behaviour | Workplace | Behaviour change

January 24, 2021

Dr Abigail Morris is working as a Lecturer in Workplace Health and Well Being in Lancaster University, UK.

Her research expertise is in workplace physical activity and sedentary behaviour intervention development and evaluation. She is an interdisciplinary mixed methods researcher with experience conducting both process and outcome evaluations.

She has used a variety of methods including objective activity data, cardio-metabolic measures, self-reported survey data, ecological momentary assessment as well as focus groups and interviews. She is currently involved in designing, delivering and evaluating a Sit Less and Move More (SLAMM) multi-component intervention among call centre workers (2016-2019).

She has also been involved in the delivery and evaluation of Exertime (2018-2019) and Rise and Recharge (2019-2020) interventions which aim to reduce total and prolonged sedentary time and increase physical activity at work among traditional office workers. These projects are technology-based interventions and involve collaboration with national and international colleagues in both the UK and Australia.

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Meaningful Sport - Dr Simon Cook (Pt1) - Run-commuting | Meanings of Running | Mobilities | Human Geography

Meaningful Sport - Dr Simon Cook (Pt1) - Run-commuting | Meanings of Running | Mobilities | Human Geography

January 22, 2021

Run-commuting is an increasingly popular mobile practice in which people run between home and work. But who are the people who are doing this and what are the experiences and meanings attached to it? Does running take on new meanings when it is used as transport?

Dr Simon Cook explored run-commuting in his PhD research and shares his insights on this interesting phenomenon in this podcast. As an experienced runner, he has practiced running in various ways and also shares his own reflections on the shifts of the meaning of running in his life. 

Simon Cook is a human geographer and runner based at Birmingham City University. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Academic Support in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. His PhD research (completed in 2020) in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, investigated the rise of run-commuting in the UK. His ongoing research projects focus on multi-modal mobilities, post-collision cycling practices and running during social distancing.  

You can follow Simon on Twitter @SimonIanCook and read more about his work at https://jographies.wordpress.com/. 

Dr Lynne Kenney (Pt2) – Musical learning | Rhythm | Movement

Dr Lynne Kenney (Pt2) – Musical learning | Rhythm | Movement

January 19, 2021

Dr. Kenney has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Physical Education from the University of Southern California. In 1992, she earned her Doctorate in Psychology at Pepperdine University. 

Dr. Kenney develops curriculum, programming, and activities to improve children’s cognition through coordinative cognitive-motor movement, executive function skill-building strategies, and social-emotional learning. 

Dr. Kenney’s books include 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior (Kenney & Comizio, 2016), the Social-Emotional Literacy program, Bloom Your Room™; Musical Thinking™; and Bloom: 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry and over-the-top-kids (Kenney & Young, 2015). Her professional development platform The Kinetic Classroom brings executive function education and cognitive-motor movement to educators and clinicians worldwide.

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Dr Paul Kelly (Pt2) - PA | Positive vs. Negative | Research vs.Teaching | Global vs. Local

Dr Paul Kelly (Pt2) - PA | Positive vs. Negative | Research vs.Teaching | Global vs. Local

January 17, 2021

Dr Paul Kelly is a Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh. He is based at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC). Paul previously worked at the University of Oxford, where he completed a PhD in the validity and reliability of self-reported travel behaviour.

His current research focuses on evaluating initiatives aimed at increasing physical activity, and the health benefits (physical and mental) of these initiatives. He is particularly interested in walking and cycling, and is currently involved in evaluating the new 20mph schemes in Edinburgh and Belfast to see how speeds, collisions and walking and cycling may be impacted. He is also involved in multiple systematic and scoping reviews using data from large cohort studies and RCTs. He has a related research interest in improving the way we assess physical activity behaviour and energy expenditure through more valid and reliable measures.

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Meaningful Sport - Prof. John Kaag (Pt1) - Running | Existentialism | Camus | The absurd | Philosophical Suicide

Meaningful Sport - Prof. John Kaag (Pt1) - Running | Existentialism | Camus | The absurd | Philosophical Suicide

January 15, 2021

Running - as well as other sports - can provide moments of transcendence, but it can also become a distraction and an escape from the absurdity of human existence. How can existential philosophy, especially the works of Camus and Nietzsche, help us understand how we slip from running as a life-affirming activity to running as an obsession?

In this episode, John Kaag shares his personal story as a runner and leads us to explore running (and other sports) from an existential philosophical perspective. The specific focus is on Camus's philosophy and the key ideas such as 'the absurd' and 'philosophical suicide' and how we can think of these in the context of our sporting activities.

John Kaag is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is the author of several books including Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who you Are. Our conversation draws from his recent essay How to Live with Dying published in The American Scholar.

You can follow John on Twitter @JohnKaag.

Introducing a new series and a new host!

Introducing a new series and a new host!

January 12, 2021

This is a bonus episode introducing our new host Anum Urooj and her new series. The series aims to get the perspectives of researchers, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe on the area of physical activity from multiple disciplines such as Psychology, Public Health, Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences and Sport Management.

The topics covered will depend on the expertise of the guest but will broadly include definition of PA, theoretical perspectives, measurement of PA, benefits of PA, facilitators and barriers for PA participation, programmes/interventions to address physical inactivity crisis and many more. Stay tuned!

Meaningful Sport - Drs Nesti & Ronkainen (Pt1) - Spirituality in Sport | Love | Culture | Sport Psychology

Meaningful Sport - Drs Nesti & Ronkainen (Pt1) - Spirituality in Sport | Love | Culture | Sport Psychology

January 8, 2021

In this episode, facilitated by Olli Tikkanen, Noora and Mark discuss their work together on the spiritual dimension of sport. While there is growing literature on spirituality in health psychology and occupational psychology, it still remains a somewhat marginal topic in sport studies and especially sport psychology. The episode focuses on exploring what spirituality is, the challenges researchers face when trying to conceptualise it, and the role of culture when we discuss spirituality. Mark also defends a view that love has a spiritual dimension to it.

The discussion draws on the book that Noora and Mark wrote together, Meaning and Spirituality in Sport and Exercise: Psychological Perspectives  (Routledge, 2018). The book explores the many forms of spirituality in sport from a psychological perspective including experiences of transcendence and finding deeper meaning to moments of disjuncture such as career-threatening injury and ageing.

Dr Lynne Kenney (Pt1) - Preliteracy | Physical literacy | Learning

Dr Lynne Kenney (Pt1) - Preliteracy | Physical literacy | Learning

January 5, 2021

Dr. Kenney has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Physical Education from the University of Southern California. In 1992, she earned her Doctorate in Psychology at Pepperdine University. 

Dr. Kenney develops curriculum, programming, and activities to improve children’s cognition through coordinative cognitive-motor movement, executive function skill-building strategies, and social-emotional learning. 

Dr. Kenney’s books include 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior (Kenney & Comizio, 2016), the Social-Emotional Literacy program, Bloom Your Room™; Musical Thinking™; and Bloom: 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry and over-the-top-kids (Kenney & Young, 2015). Her professional development platform The Kinetic Classroom brings executive function education and cognitive-motor movement to educators and clinicians worldwide.

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Rob Book (Pt1) | Athletes from Underserved Communities | Career Pathways | Talent Development | Narrative | Sport Psychology

Rob Book (Pt1) | Athletes from Underserved Communities | Career Pathways | Talent Development | Narrative | Sport Psychology

January 1, 2021

Athletes' careers have been studied for several decades, but fairly little is known about those athletes who come from underserved communities and whose formative years have been accompanied by violence, poverty and instability.

Rob Book worked as a physical education teacher and coach in one of the most challenging school districts in the United States, engaging in highly stressful yet meaningful work. He then transitioned from a teacher to a researcher to explore those athletes' developmental pathways who come from these communities. In this episode, he reflects on his experiences working in this environment and shares findings from his ongoing research.

Rob and his supervisory team have recently published two articles that form the basis of our conversation, Oatmeal is better than no meal: the career pathways of African American male professional athletes from underserved communities in the United States and Sink or swim: career narratives of two African American athletes from underserved communities in the United States.

Rob Book is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark. His research project is 'Empowering youth athletes against the odds: Athletic talent development environments in underserved communities'. 

You can follow Rob on Twitter @book_rob.

New Year Bonus Episode - Plans for 2021

New Year Bonus Episode - Plans for 2021

December 31, 2020

This is a short bonus episode, in which Olli and Noora reflect back on 2020 and reveal some plans for 2021. Check out and hear more about the new podcast series, openings for internships and much more.

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