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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JEN SOUTHALL | Advocacy For Rights of Disabled Athletes
Jen Southall is a strategist for inclusion and equity of disabled athletes. She is currently the running back and center back for the Oregon Ravens of the WNFC and the only deaf player on the roster. Jen has played a variety of sports and she provides insight into the experience of a deaf athlete. Jen has a unique perspective on how disability is handled in the sports community. She reveals how inadequate the resources are for athletes with disabilities and the obstacles that must be overcome to enjoy sports. Jen educates us on her advocacy for not only Athletes with disability but especially BIPOC deaf athletes who are severely underrepresented in sports.
Strategist for Inclusion and Equity for Disabled Athletes
Andrew Maraniss is known for his sport biographies of athletes who push the envelope and serve as beacons of inspiration. Andrew has written biographies on Perry Wallace, Glenn Burke, and the first US Women’s Olympic basketball team. In this episode, Meg and Dr. G gained insight into the history ...
USADA's Director of Science, Laura Lewis and Director of Athlete and International Relations, Allison Wagner, discuss Anti-Doping regulations and intricacies. Meg and Dr. G seek to understand why we need Anti-Doping agencies and why it is important to protect the integrity of sport. Olympic meda...
In this episode of Sideline, former NFL tight-end Asante Cleveland and clinical sport psychologist Dr. Trevor Cote, share their personal stories and discuss the importance of caring for the athlete at all levels of performance. Player transitions throughout their career - high school to college,...