Problematizing the Adoption and Implementation of Athlete Development ‘Models’: A Foucauldian-Inspired Analysis of the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework

Dowling, Mathew and Mills, Joseph and Stodter, Anna (2020) Problematizing the Adoption and Implementation of Athlete Development ‘Models’: A Foucauldian-Inspired Analysis of the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework. Journal of Athlete Development and Experience, 2 (3). p. 3. ISSN 2642-9276

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.25035/jade.02.03.03

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to problematize the continued adoption and implementation of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework (Balyi et al., 2005; 2014) as an increasingly orthodox conception of the athlete development process and for underpinning and designing sport coaching practice. In adopting a post-structuralist, Foucauldian perspective and drawing upon empirical interview data with Balyi and colleagues, senior government officials and sport administrators, our analysis examines some of the potential limitations for adopting and implementing LTAD as a conception of the athlete development process. In particular, we highlight the potential issues and contradictions linked to adopting such conceptions, namely their (mis)use as mechanisms of social control (i.e. governmentality), delimiting the ability of athletes and sport practitioners to think otherwise (i.e. disciplining and docility), and the potential to marginalize alternative ways of thinking. We conclude with a discussion of the implications for managerial and coaching practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Long-Term Athlete Development, Athlete development, National Sport Organisations, Foucault, Governmentality
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Mathew Dowling
Date Deposited: 29 May 2020 09:42
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:52
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705574

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