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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Practicing fairness in the sports requires a solid understanding of equity and equality. There is a lot more there than it seems. Historical social values have influenced our understanding of fairness. Dr. Jay Coakley and Meg discuss how today's culture is redefining the meaning and standards of equality.
Ideology of professional athletes is not a new phenomenon, but as the benchmark for professionals is becoming stratospheric, are we putting undue and unrealistic pressure on developing athletes? Dr. Jay Coakley, Meg, and Dr. G start an important dialogue around professional ideology.
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...
The widespread assumption that sport is, inherently, a force of good despite the fact that it can both empower and humiliate, build bonds and destroy them, blur boundaries and marginalize. SPKN is hosting the conversation around the new realities of sport in our culture.
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