Elite athletes lead a particular way of life, which creates significant learning and shapes their selves. This is the first sociological-pedagogical text to conceptualise athlete learning in elite sport and across athletic careers. It outlines theories of learning and argues for a cultural perspective capturing contextual influence, temporal changes, individual dispositions, and subjectivity.
Presented in three parts—landscaping elite sport and theorising athlete learning; showcasing athletes’ learning in elite sport; and informing research and practice—the book features nine international, multi-contextual, and multi-experience case studies of athlete careers, experiences, and learning across individual and team sports such as boxing, rugby, basketball, hockey, and gymnastics.
This is fascinating reading for students, researchers, and practitioners in sport organisations, sports coaching, coach education, and sport sociology and pedagogy.
Part I: Landscaping Elite Sport and Theorising Athlete Learning
Part II: Showcasing Athletes’ Learning in Elite Sport
Astrid Schubring, Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Roslyn Kerr, Georgia Cervin, Myrian Nunomura
Roslyn Kerr and Koji Kobayashi
Laura Purdy, Geoff Kohe and Rūtenis Paulauskas
Francesca Cavallerio and Katrina McDonald
Aly Greey and Natalie Barker-Ruchti
Part III: Informing Research and Practice
The Routledge Research in Sports Coaching series provides a platform for leading experts and emerging academics in this important discipline to present ground-breaking work on the history, theory, practice and contemporary issues of sports coaching. The series sets a new benchmark for research in sports coaching, and offers a valuable contribution to the wider sphere of sports studies.