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Reflective Practice in the Sport and Exercise Sciences
Contemporary issues

ISBN 9780415814935
Published February 11, 2014 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on the experiences of scientists, researchers, practitioners and teachers in a wide range of sport and exercise settings, this book explores contemporary issues in reflective practice and considers the way that reflective practice impacts upon applied practice, on research methodology and on professional development. It includes chapters on the use of reflective practice in areas as diverse as:

    • delivering coach education
    • sport psychology support
    • working in sports physiology
    • developing young players in sport
    • exercise-related interventions
    • physiotherapy
    • working inside a professional football club
    • student skills and the physical activity and health curriculum

Based on multi-disciplinary work in education and the health sciences, and exploring the crucial interface between learning and practice, this book is important reading for all sport and exercise scientists and any professional working in sport and exercise looking to become more effective practitioners.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Reflecting on reflection and journeys Part 2: Critical perspectives within reflective practice 2. Using reflective practice in the development of exercise-related interventions 3. Where’s the evidence? A review of empirical reflective practice research within sport 4. Reflecting forward: Exploring reflective methodologies with/for children 5. Keeping the cat alive: ‘getting’ reflection as part of professional practice Part 3: Pedagogical approaches to reflective practice 6. Sink or Swim: Case Study Reflections from an undergraduate Football Scientist 7. Enhancing the skills of students through the use of reflective practice in a physical activity and health curriculum 8. Reflections on Reflection: Some Personal Experiences of Delivering Higher Education Coach Education 9. Facilitating reflective practice in graduate trainees and early career practitioners 10. Reflective Practice and the realms of Physiotherapy Part 4: Applied practice: Reflective practice in action 11. "They never bought me flowers": Storytelling as a means of critical reflection on applied sport psychology practice 12. Critical reflections from sports physiology and nutrition: Tales from pitch side to ringside 13. Using critical incident reflection in qualitative research: Transferable skills for sport psychologists 14. Mindful Supervision in Sport and Performance Psychology: Building the Quality of the Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship 15. The utility of reflective practice during the provision of sport psychology support 16. Reflective practice in talent development: A narrative inquiry of a coaching psychology intervention Part 5: Reflecting forwards 17. Reflecting back and forwards 18. References

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Zoe Knowles is Reader and HCPC Practitioner psychologist at Liverpool John Moores University, specialising in the areas of reflective practice, elite sports performance and paediatric exercise science (active play). She has published extensively within international journals on reflective practice and has advised BASES, The Open University (UK) and International HEI’s as regards the development and facilitation of reflective practice in curricula.

David Gilbourne is Professor of Critical Qualitative Research in the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University of Hull. He initiated and co-directed the 1st and 2nd International Conferences in Qualitative Research in Sport (2004–2006), and co-founded and now acts as Advisory Editor to Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. His research interests include critical reflective practice and the practice of critical social science, and his writing explores the representation of qualitative research through creative mediums such as storytelling, auto-ethnography, poetry and theatre.

Brendan Cropley is Senior Lecturer in Coaching Science and Sport Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University as well as a BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist. His research has focused on effective and reflective practice in sport psychology as well as the utility of reflective practice as a means of developing life skills in young athletes.

Lindsey Dugdill is Professor of Public Health at the University of Salford. She has previously been a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Reflective Practice and has integrated reflective practice into her teaching and research practice throughout her career.


"… I was propelled through the text by its insightful contributors, all working to make their own reflective process as transparent as possible… Knowles, et al have done a masterful job of presenting the reader with enough background to get started and enough encouragement to move forward…” – The Sport Psychologist Journal, Volume 28, Issue 3, September

“I very much enjoyed reading this book, and feel it is suited to researchers, educators, practitioners, neophytes and students alike. The reader is encouraged to select chapters in which they feel is appropriate to their own context but I would highly recommend engaging in the entire text to consider a variety of issues when understanding, providing or engaging in reflection. In particular, I feel that it is written in such a way that it somewhat inspires one to get out there and strive for practice improvement at every opportunity.” – Richard Collins, Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, reviewed in the Sport and Exercise Psychology Review.  A Publication by the British Psychological Society.

'This book is a particularly uplifting read and has lead me to re-think my own practice based research. In spite of the difficulties facing those who engage in reflective practice it is most definitely time to embrace the challenges involved. Leading by example. this publication demonstrates how sharing and reflecting on these experiences opens the door to questioning, expanding and developing reflective practice itself.' – Hannah Gravestock, QMiP Bulletin, Issue 22, Autumn 2016