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Svensson, R. (2019). A valuable contribution to the growing research field of sports coaching history [Review]. Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A valuable contribution to the growing research field of sports coaching history
2019 (English)In: Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, ISSN 1652-7224Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Idrottsvetenskap, Lärarutbildningen, Malmö högskola, 2019
Keywords
Coaching, history, Britain
National Category
History Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
History; Sports Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75442 (URN)
Available from: 2019-07-29 Created: 2019-07-29 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2019). From tracksuit to trench coat: The changing position of the Swedish male elite soccer coach between the 1960s and the 2010s. In: : . Paper presented at 24th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Prague, July 3-6, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From tracksuit to trench coat: The changing position of the Swedish male elite soccer coach between the 1960s and the 2010s
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
Coach, soccer, Sweden, sports, history, sport management, governmentality, IFK Norrköping, SvFF
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences History
Research subject
Sports Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75449 (URN)
Conference
24th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Prague, July 3-6, 2019
Available from: 2019-07-29 Created: 2019-07-29 Last updated: 2019-08-06Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2019). Från träningsoverall till trenchcoat: Tränarpositionens förändring inom svensk herrelitfotboll mellan 1960- och 2010-talet. (Doctoral dissertation). Örebro: Örebro University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från träningsoverall till trenchcoat: Tränarpositionens förändring inom svensk herrelitfotboll mellan 1960- och 2010-talet
2019 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The position of the coach in elite sports has changed radically over the last 50 years. Using the Swedish male elite soccer coach as an example, the aim of this thesis is to acquire a deeper understanding of this change. The purpose is to examine the changing position of the Swedish male elite soccer coach in relation to the changing conditions of elite soccer between the 1960s and the 2010s. The history of the Swedish soccer coach is analysed through the lens of the Foucauldian perspective of governmentality. Focusing on the constitution of subject positions, the thesis identifies the power/knowledge relationships formulated within the governmentalities of Swedish elite football clubs and the Swedish Football Association (SvFF). A text analysis of board minutes and annual reports from the Swedish elite soccer club IFK Norrköping, education material from coaching courses organised by SvFF and the transcripts of semi-structured qualitative interviews with former and still active Swedish elite soccer coaches has been conducted.

The analysis shows that at the beginning of the 1960s the established power/knowledge relationship implied that, kitted out in a whole and clean tracksuit, the coach was expected to govern the players’ techniques and fitness training twice a week. However, in order to be internationally competitive, in 1967 SvFF overturned the amateur regulations and instead allowed Swedish clubs to sign professional contracts with the players. From then on the coach was given more time to “conduct the conduct” of the players. In parallel, the clubs and SvFF turned to scientific knowledge and expertise in the areas of physiology and tactics and later sport psychology, leadership and communication. As a consequence, new power/knowledge relationships were formulated which meant that the coach was not only expected to govern new and more dimensions of the players, but also a growing staff of assistant coaches. In addition, dressed in tailor-made trench coat, the coach became the club’s outward face for attracting sponsors and communicating with the media and fans.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2019. p. 362
Series
Örebro Studies in Sport Sciences, ISSN 1654-7535 ; 30
Keywords
Coach, soccer, Sweden, sports, history, governmentality, IFK Norrköping, SvFF
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70256 (URN)978-91-7529-274-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-03-01, Örebro universitet, Gymnastik- och idrottshuset, Hörsal G, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Svensson, D., Svensson, R., Fransson, D. & Barker-Ruchti, N. (2019). Techno-challenge: Implications of technology on sports coaching in Sweden. In: Svensk förening för beteende- och samhällsvetenskaplig idrottsforsknings (SVEBI) årliga konferens 2019: (Idrotts)tendenser i tiden. Paper presented at Svensk förening för beteende- och samhällsvetenskaplig idrottsforsknings (SVEBI) årliga konferens, Stockholm, 21-22 november, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Techno-challenge: Implications of technology on sports coaching in Sweden
2019 (English)In: Svensk förening för beteende- och samhällsvetenskaplig idrottsforsknings (SVEBI) årliga konferens 2019: (Idrotts)tendenser i tiden, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduktion/Introduction: Over the past century, we have seen technology and applied science contribute to increasing performance levels in sports (e.g. Haake 2009, Park 2011, Fouché 2017). While the use of technologies is part of a broader sportification process (e.g. Guttmann 1978, Svensson 2016, Svensson 2019), the types of technologies used has changed over time. At present, global positioning systems, microtechnology sensors and video- and computer-assisted performance analysis (PA) has gained prominence (Cummins et al. 2013, Rein & Memmert 2016). British football clubs have been driving the techno-scientific development, a development which is currently starting to establish itself in Sweden. The use of PA methods has been found to benefit training, performance, and safety (esp. injury prevention) and to create positive effects on coach-athlete relations and athlete learning and agency (Cronin et al. 2018, Kerr 2014). However, uses of PA technologies also have negative consequences for coaches and athletes. For instance, research demonstrates that PA technologies monitor athletes (Williams & Manley 2016); depend on effective communication between stakeholders (i.e., performance analyst and coach; coach and athlete) (Baerg 2017) and generate unrealistic training and performance expectations (Kohe & Purdy 2018). Despite these emerging insights, many research gaps exist. Knowledge on how governing bodies understand and implement PA and how PA affects the coaching process and practice are currently key questions that remain unanswered.

Syfte och teoretisk ram/Aim and theoretical framework: We use historical sociology (e.g. Abrams 1982) to critically reflect over the development, use and consequences of PA methods in sport. Specifically, we (1) demonstrate that a number of historical, contextual, and situational factors indicate that PA is about to become implemented on a large scale in Sweden; and (2) critically reflect on what this upcoming change means. Our theoretical framework will consist of the sportification model (Guttmann 1978, Yttergren 1996, Svensson 2016, Svensson 2019) to historicize the increasing role of technology in elite sport and to predict its current and future role in Sweden.

Metod/Method: The empirical material included in our presentation is taken from existing research on the sportification in Swedish elite sport (e.g. Andersson 2019, Svensson 2019, Svensson 2016a, Yttergren 1996), existing literature that documents the use and consequences of technologies in elite sport in the UK (e.g. Williams & Manley 2016, Cummins et. al 2013), and our own insider observations of the developments and current situation of PA in Sweden. To make sense of this material, the authors met on several occasions to discuss meanings and draw out implications for science, education, and practice.

 

Resultat/Results

The interest for and impact of PA methods in Swedish elite sports coaching is growing. Scientific production has increased incredibly since 2015, courses and lectures on PA are popular among students, and more clubs are buying (into) these new technologies. Historical examples analyzed through the sportification model suggest that this development will accelerate. Despite the rising interest in techno-scientific PA, critical discussion is lacking about how potential risks (e.g. for personal integrity, coaching) can be managed.

 

Diskussion och slutsatser/Discussion and conclusions

The uses of new technology in PA has implications for elite sports in general and coaching in particular. Experiences from British football suggest that there are potential risks with uncritically adopting new technologies. We argue that these risks can be addressed through adopting a more reflective approach. One area where this could be done is within coach education.

National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-80102 (URN)
Conference
Svensk förening för beteende- och samhällsvetenskaplig idrottsforsknings (SVEBI) årliga konferens, Stockholm, 21-22 november, 2019
Available from: 2020-02-20 Created: 2020-02-20 Last updated: 2020-02-25Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2018). Needs more methodology and more sports history to live up to its title [Review]. Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Needs more methodology and more sports history to live up to its title
2018 (English)In: Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, ISSN 1652-7224Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö Högskola, Institutionen för Idrottvetenskap / Malmö University, Department of Sport Sciences, 2018
National Category
History
Research subject
Sports Science; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67234 (URN)
Note

Recension av Wray Vamplew & Dave Day (eds.) Methodology in Sports Histor, Routledge 2018 (Sport in the Global Society: Historical Perspectives) ISBN 978-1-138-74058-7

Available from: 2018-06-13 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-06-13Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. & O'Regan, N. (2016). The making of the elite football coach: Coach education programs in Ireland, Sweden, Scotland and Belgium. In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER): . Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland, August 22-26, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The making of the elite football coach: Coach education programs in Ireland, Sweden, Scotland and Belgium
2016 (English)In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The coach is a central figure within elite football and coaching a multifaceted, demanding and pedagogical process (Cassidy, Jones, & Potrac, 2009; Jones, 2006; Potrac, Gilbert, & Denison, 2013). The objective of this paper to show how national football associations have developed their coach education programs to produce coaches that could manage the elite coach position. Both contemporary and historical research stresses that there is and have been a fast track pathway for players into elite coach positions, and that a career as a player on a high level has recognized as important (Blackett, Evans, & Piggott, 2015; Peterson, 1993; Stodter & Cushion, 2014). Therefore the specific focus is on how the programs are developed to handle the transition from playing the game to coach the game. Through a comparison of the Football association of Ireland (FAI), The Scottish Football Association (SFA), The Royal Belgium Football Association (Kbvb) and The Swedish Football Association’s (SvFF) coaching education programs, the purpose of this study is to illuminate different ways to make elite football coaches out of players. The research question is: what content in the programs are directed to support the transition from playing to coach elite football?

The theoretical framework is a governmentality perspective (Foucault & Faubion, 2002; Rose, 1999; Walters, 2012). In short this perspective focus on the motives, tactics and consequences of and for governing. Governing is here understood as conduct of conduct (Foucault & Faubion, 2002). With references to Rose (1999) the governmentality perspective also implies the questions what authorities of various sorts want to happen, in relation to problems defined how, in pursuit of what objectives, through what strategies and technique. The “authorities” in this study are the national football associations. What they want is to conduct the conduct of the adepts to make them elite football coaches. What strategies and tactics they use are what we aim to cast light upon.

The method used is a text analysis of the educational material from coaching education programs in Ireland, Sweden, Scotland and Belgium. The analysis is in two steps. First we identify different areas of knowledge. Second we analyze if and how the different areas of knowledge support the transition from player to coach. We also carry out qualitative interviews (Kvale & Brinkmann, 2014) with the directors of the programs.  

The analysis of the educational material in Sweden shows that over time there is less emphasis on the adept’s technical and physical skills, and more on the pedagogical and analytic dimensions. However, there is no particular segment of the programs that explicit deals with the transition from player to coach. The rest of the study will be carried out this spring.  

Keywords
Coach, Football, Education, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium
National Category
Social Sciences History and Archaeology Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-52212 (URN)
Conference
European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland, August 22-26, 2016
Available from: 2016-09-15 Created: 2016-09-15 Last updated: 2018-07-16Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2015). Att analysera Svenska fotbollförbundets tränarutbildningsmaterial: Ett metodpaper med empirisk illustration. In: Workshop för historisk idrottsforskning 2015: . Paper presented at Workshop för historisk idrottsforskning 2015, Örebro, 22-23 okt, 2015 (pp. 1-18).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att analysera Svenska fotbollförbundets tränarutbildningsmaterial: Ett metodpaper med empirisk illustration
2015 (Swedish)In: Workshop för historisk idrottsforskning 2015, 2015, p. 1-18Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Keywords
Historia, Idrott, Fotboll, Tränare, Utbildning, Metod, Analys
National Category
Humanities Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46301 (URN)
Conference
Workshop för historisk idrottsforskning 2015, Örebro, 22-23 okt, 2015
Projects
From tracksuit to trench coat - The changed position of the Swedish elite football coach from the 1960s to the 2010s
Available from: 2015-10-23 Created: 2015-10-23 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2015). Fotbollsintresset växte på lärorik resa i strategers sällskap: recension av Fotbollens strateger [Review]. Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fotbollsintresset växte på lärorik resa i strategers sällskap: recension av Fotbollens strateger
2015 (Swedish)In: Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, ISSN 1652-7224Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Malmö Högskola, Institutionen för Idrottvetenskap, 2015
Keywords
Fotboll, historia, tränare, strateger
National Category
Humanities Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
History; Sports Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46086 (URN)
Available from: 2015-10-13 Created: 2015-10-13 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Alsarve, D. & Svensson, R. (2015). I amatörismens gränsland: konsekvenser av fotbollstränarens ökade inflytande i den flersektionella idrottsföreningen under det tidiga 1900-talet. Idrott, historia & samhälle, 21-35
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I amatörismens gränsland: konsekvenser av fotbollstränarens ökade inflytande i den flersektionella idrottsföreningen under det tidiga 1900-talet
2015 (Swedish)In: Idrott, historia & samhälle, ISSN 0280-2775, p. 21-35Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Svenska idrottshistoriska föreningen, 2015
Keywords
Sports history, amateurism, soccer coach, associative democracy, Idrottshistoria, amatörism, fotbollstränare, föreningsdemokrati
National Category
Humanities History Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47974 (URN)
Available from: 2016-02-05 Created: 2016-02-05 Last updated: 2019-11-21Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2015). Många bra bidrag hänger i luften i redaktionssvag coaching-antologi: recension av The Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching [Review]. Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Många bra bidrag hänger i luften i redaktionssvag coaching-antologi: recension av The Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching
2015 (Swedish)In: Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, ISSN 1652-7224Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Malmö Högskola, Institutionen för Idrottsvetenskap, 2015
National Category
Social Sciences Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43477 (URN)
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-10 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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