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Sport and technology: An actor-network theory perspective

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Book Series: Globalizing Sport Studies ISBN: 9781784995201 Year: Pages: 192 Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Subject: Sports Science --- Science (General) --- Sociology
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How do new technologies come to be used in sport? This book moves beyond the idea of functionality to explore the many other important factors that athletes and sporting bodies consider throughout the process of adoption. Few would question the difficulty of producing an elite athletic performance. The high level of training, combined with intense competition and pressure from media and sponsors, can be challenging for athletes and sporting bodies to negotiate. The book investigates how these factors affect the use of technology in sport, while simultaneously demonstrating the influence of new technologies on sporting practice. Using actor-network theory – an approach common in studies of science and management but seldom applied in this field – it offers readers an inside view into elite sport and the part that technology plays in training, competition and broadcasting.

5. Miljøets betydning i elitesport (Book chapter)

Book title: Trender for idrettspsykologisk forskning i Skandinavia

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ISBN: 9788202596903 9788202596903 Year: Pages: 18 DOI: 10.23865/noasp.39.ch5 Language: Danish
Publisher: Cappelen Damm Akademisk/NOASP (Nordic Open Access Scholarly Publishing)
Subject: Psychology
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"In recent years there has been an increased focus on the importance of the environment
for the development of elite athletes. In order to understand the factors that contribute
to or limit an athlete’s sporting development, it is not enough to study only the individual but
the whole environment in which the athlete develops. The purpose of this chapter is to investigate
what characterizes a successful elite sport environment in Danish badminton. An elite
sports environment that continuously manages to create senior results at the highest international
level and win medals at the European championships, the World championships and
the Olympics. The study was organized as a case study of the national elite sports center in
Badminton Denmark (BD). Data was based on interviews with players, coaches and managers,
observations on training and in competitions, meetings and analysis of documents. The
environment was centered on self-understanding based on “us against the rest of the world” and a fundamental value in the environment was to create intelligent players while focusing
on individual development through high training quality. The organizational culture was
characterized by being: 1) a well documented, quality oriented and dialogue-based learning
environment, 2) an environment with hard competition and 3) an environment with proximal
role models."

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