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.
WELCOME TO THE CONVERSATION.
Dr. Jay Coakley and Meg discuss the pitfalls of developing a singular identity as a youth athlete. Pressure from coaches and parents to isolate focus and competition with fellow athletes must be mitigated with a balanced approach to life. Meg shares her personal experience as an athlete and Dr. Jay Coakley explains the theory.
When it comes to discussing transgender athletes in sport, testosterone is major topic. Dr Jay Coakley and Meg debunk the great myth around testosterone and point out where exactly the information around it got distorted.
Through our interaction with others we learn the frameworks we use to make sense of the world. Dr. Jay Coakley and Meg discuss how the world of sport is an important site for socialization experiences. Parents, coaches, and athletes themselves will benefit from the awareness of the socializatio...
Dr. Jay Coakley and Meg discuss the differences in athlete experience between competitive sport programs and enjoyment focused sports. Offering opportunities for athletes to blend these activities can expand their experiences and enrich their overall development.