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Transforming, storing and consuming athletic experiences; a coach’s narrative of using a video app.

Cronin, CJ and Whitehead, AE and Webster, S and Huntley, T Transforming, storing and consuming athletic experiences; a coach’s narrative of using a video app. Sport, Education and Society. ISSN 1357-3322 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The analysis of sport performance in performance contexts has become synonymous with the use of a range of software applications and hardware e.g. heart rate monitors and gps systems. With the prevalence of technology in mind, a small but growing corpus of literature has begun to consider this phenomenon and its influence upon the coaching process. This study adds to this literature by detailing the autoethnographic experiences of a case study coach; Derek. A contextualised and richly described narrative account of Derek’s experience of using coaching applications is provided. Analysis of Derek’s narrative suggests that technology can be a useful means by which individuals make sense of their experience. Specifically, 1) technology can be a ‘ready-to-hand’ instrument that enhances the coaching process. Unfortunately, 2) technology may become the only and ‘calculative’ means by which individuals come to understand their performance. In such instances, it is important to note that 3) the videos we use to understand our performance are transformed and incomplete representations of lived athletic experiences. Thus, Derek’s story illustrates how technology can be both an enabler and barrier to athletes who wish to holistically understand their own lived experiences and engage in coach-athlete relationships. The accompanying analysis draws upon concepts from Heideggerian philosophy to add insight into the use of technology within the coaching process. In so doing, the study prompts coaches to critically view their coach-athlete relationships as situated in a wider world which contains, and can be mediated by, technology. In addition, Derek’s story (re)directs researchers and coaching practitioners interested in technology to a useful literature (philosophy of technology) which may further inform their understanding of coach-athlete relationships.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy, 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2017 09:56
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 17:37
Editors: Evans, J
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6812

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