Proposing a new conceptualisation for modern sport based on environmental and regulatory constraints: Implications for research, coach education and professional practice

Loel Collins, Howie J Carson

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Abstract

Recent expansion of the sporting domain has meant sports have lacked distinct definitions. These definitions have pertained to specific activities and/or a general perception of an assumed experience, which arguably misunderstands these modern sports. Recent growth in this domain is encouraging, however, a clear understanding of modern sports remains a requirement for optimal research, coaching practice and, participation. Therefore, we critically consider the difference between these types of sport. In an attempt to address this, this paper revisits current definitions of these modern, non-competitive, sports. Specifically, we exemplify issues of conflation within research as justification for our desired clarity. Secondly, we propose a two-dimensional conceptual framework to meaningfully differentiate between these sporting domains and finally, propose several implications for future research, education and applied practice. We hope this article brings clarity within research and the potential positive flow to enhancing education to achieve appropriate outcomes for various participants.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Early online date22 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • action sport
  • adventure sport
  • extreme sport
  • lifestyle sport
  • participation

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