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Techno-rational knowing and phronesis: the professional practice of one middle-distance running coach
Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3918-7904
Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Reflective Practice, ISSN 1462-3943, E-ISSN 1470-1103, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 53-65Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sport coaching has traditionally been seen as a techno-rational activity. In recent years, there has been a 'subjective turn'. Intuitive, as well as situation-specific interpretations are today perceived as necessary to handle complex, dynamic and often unpredictable sport environments. While a considerable body of research has attempted to understand coaching practice, research on intuitive and situation-dependent praxis is only emerging. Phronesis - mostly defined as practical wisdom or practical rationality - has been put forward as a useful theoretical concept to frame such coaching practice. In this contribution, we employ phronesis as part of sustainability science to consider the coaching of one top-level middle-distance running coach. Observations, informal talks and semi-structured interviews produced the empirical materials for this analysis. The results suggest that the coach's practice was guided by both techno-rational and phronetic knowledge. While techno-rational knowledge manifested itself in a focus on time and control, the latter was reflected in a concern for impact, focus on community, authenticity and modesty. From a phronetic perspective, these characteristics can be seen as morally just and important precursors for sustainable sport.

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Routledge, 2014. Vol. 15, no 1, p. 53-65
Keywords [en]
caring, coach learning, coaching knowledge, sustainability science
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73075DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2013.868794Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84892511666OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-73075DiVA, id: diva2:1295106
Available from: 2019-03-10 Created: 2019-03-10 Last updated: 2019-03-18Bibliographically approved

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