Language games and blurry terminology: Can clarity enhance athlete development?

Johnston, Kathryn and McAuley, Alexander B. T. and Kelly, Adam L. and Baker, Joseph (2023) Language games and blurry terminology: Can clarity enhance athlete development? Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 5. ISSN 2624-9367

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This perspective focuses on the need for researchers and practitioners to carefully consider the clarity and consistency of their language in the context of athlete development. Evidence supporting a lack of congruency in the way certain terms and expressions are defined, understood, and operationalized continues to accumulate, highlighting the importance of this area for sport stakeholders and the potential looming crises. In systems that regularly rely on precision and accuracy, it will be critical that all involved in the co-creation of knowledge generation and application carefully consider terms that may further complicate athlete development practices. We highlight some potentially blurry terms and draw attention to potential avenues for future research.

Item Type: Article
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8 March 2023Accepted
17 April 2023Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: athlete development, measurement precision, athlete selection, talent identification, careful language use
Subjects: CAH03 - biological and sport sciences > CAH03-02 - sport and exercise sciences > CAH03-02-01 - sport and exercise sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (C-LASS)
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2023 10:29
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2023 10:29

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