Over egging the pudding? Comments on Objala and Thorpe

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In a recent paper in ISCJ, Ojala and Thorpe offered a culturally based observation that questions the role and application of coaching in action sports. Their critique is focused on the action sport of snowboarding which, despite its’ comparatively recent inclusion in the Olympics, retains a different, almost collaborative rather than competitive culture more akin to other action sports such as skateboarding and surfing. Ojala and Thorpe then present Problem Based Learning (PBL) as the solution to many of these perceived ills, describing the positive characteristics of the approach and promoting its cultural fit with action sport environments and performers. In this paper we offer a different perspective, which questions the veracity of the data presented and the unquestioningly positive view of PBL as the answer. Our alternative, data-driven perspective suggests that action sport athletes are increasingly positive, or even desirous of good coaching, of which PBL is a possible approach; suitable for some athletes some of the time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90–93
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Sports Coaching Journal
Early online date1 Jan 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • coaching
  • action sports
  • adventure sports
  • problem based learning


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