Welcome to the SPKN Sport Knowledge Center, which is operated by SPKN - The Sport Professional Knowledge Network, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the evidence-based knowledge and tools necessary to develop today’s athletes – mentally, physically, and emotionally.
We at SPKN believe that by bringing academics, coaches, athletes, and other sport professionals together in conversation, we can bridge the divide between academic research and practice to improve the entire landscape of sport. We’re committed to integrity and informed values-driven standards and we’re glad you’re here. Together, we’ll drive a better world of sport.
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Dr. Jay Coakley discusses theory and methodology, old and new, around youth development, including the need to be informed and intentional in program development. Long term athlete development model is discussed an example of successful theory in practice.
Dr. Jay and Meg discuss the emphasis on organized youth sport over spontaneous play. With institutional regulation and an emphasis on competition, are we inhibiting our children from developing skills of cooperation and fair rule making?
The rise of a global sport monoculture" is having profound effects on sport participants, particularly in their development. More than ever, the ultimate purpose of sport participation is the attainment of professional status, winning Olympic gold medals, or setting new world records. The goo...