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    Reflections from CrossFitters on the themes of body and community

    What are the reflections of a selection of CrossFitters with regard to body ideals, body-image pressure and community? In this study by Arild Boge, Ove Olsen Sæle and Hilde Stokvold Gundersen, semi-structured interviews were conducted with a selection of participants who train at a CrossFit centre in Norway. The conclusion of the study is that the unique training form and architectural design of CrossFit appear to contribute to little body-image pressure and less focus on the ideal body.

    “Mission impossible”? How a successful female cross-country skier managed a dual career as a professional athlete and medical student: A case study

    In this peer review article for Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, Max Bergström, Guro Strøm Solli, Øyvind Sandbakk and Stig Arve Sæther present a case study of an Norwegian elite female cross country skier who successfully balanced the dual career of a world-class athlete and medical student. The authors highlight contextual factors facilitating and impeding the dual career development. The participant Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen was a Norwegian student-athlete between 2005 and 2020.

    Characteristics of voluntary sports clubs with targeted initiatives for underrepresented population groups: The role of organisational goals, resources, structure and context

    The aim of this article by Karsten Elmose-Østerlund, Svenja Feiler, Christoph Breuer, Jenny Adler Zwahlen & Siegfried Nagel is to identify organisational characteristics of sports clubs that work strategically to integrate underrepresented population groups by offering targeted initiatives. Based on data from 30,000 European sports clubs, actors within all the four included aspects of organisational characteristics (goals, resources, structure and context) were found to be relevant for the implementation of targeted initiatives.

    ‘I’m a woman who can kick ass!’ Practices, meanings, and corporeality in female gym-goers

    In this peer reviewed article for Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, Alexis Sossa Rojas studies how frequent female gym-goers work out in different gyms in Amsterdam, how they understand and live their bodies, and what working on their bodies means to them. They are not necessarily victims of social pressures, nor are they in search of the perfect body, since their adherence to training can also re-enact a space of agency and empowerment.

    Hvad sker der når gade­idræt bliver organiseret væk fra gaden? Konsekvenser af en større organisering for gadeidræt som bevægelsesform og kulturfænomen

    I Danmark har gatuidrott traditionellt uppfattats som en kontrast till de mer formaliserade strukturerna inom föreningsidrotten. Den nuvarande utvecklingen av danskarnas motions- och idrottsvanor mot mer självorganiserade idrottsaktiviteter har dock resulterat i ett större intresse för gatuidrott, som har utvecklats bortom ”gatan” mot mer organiserade och formella ramar. Den utvecklingen undersöks i den här referentgranskade artikeln av Magnus Kolind och Lars Domino Østergaard.

    Swedish soccer coaches’ experiences and application of physical training in male elite soccer: A qualitative content analysis study

    In this peer review article for Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, Jonas Larsson and colleagues report on a study describing coaches’ experiences and their application of physical training in male elite soccer. The design of the study was explorative and based on a qualitative content analysis with an abductive approach. Fifteen elite soccer coaches in Sweden were interviewed. The result showed that physical training in male elite soccer is an ongoing, continuously improving process.

    Kroppsøving og idrett i Norge – overlappende men distinktive felt

    Frivillig organiserad sport och skolämnet idrott har nära historiska band i Norge. I denna referentgranskade artikel betraktar Evind Å. Skille och Kjersti Mordal Moen föreningsidrott och skolidrott som två fält i Bourdieus mening, och söker svar på följande fråga: Hur kan sport och skolidrott förstås som överlappande men distinkta fält? För att besvara frågan analyserade forskarna dokumentation inom de två fälten, de statliga läroplanerna för idrottsutbildning, och Norges idrottsförbunds policydokument.

    Using “good” as feedback – meaningless or meaningful in sports contexts? A comment on praise and feedback on the personal level

    In this article, Katarina Lundin has studied whether PEH teachers’ feedback on the personal level, using the word good, in specific contexts actually can contribute to crucial progress and empowerment of the pupils/practitioners. The empirical material consists of video- and audio-documentation from training sessions in athletics, jujutsu, and gymnastics, and from preparatory classes in Physical Education and Health, where the pupils were newly arrived immigrants in Sweden.

    Talentutvikling via studieprogrammet idrettsfag: En retrospektiv studie av unge fotballspilleres opplevelse av å kombinere videregående skole og satsning på en fotballkarriere

    Den här referentgranskade artikeln av Stig Arve Sæther, Anders Nygaard, Bjørn Tore Johansen och Martin Erikstad undersöker hur unga fotbollspelare upplever att kombinera gymnasiestudier med att spela fotboll på hög nationell nivå. Närmare bestämt studeras hur dessa ungdomar handsklas med det som i internationell forskningslitteratur kallas ”dual career”. Flera faktorer befanns vara av avgörande betydelse för hur framgångsrika ungdomarna var, i skolan och på planen.

    “I bow down in awe of them…”: Sports awards for Paralympic athletes and Olympic athletes

    In this peer reviewed article, Marte Bentzen and Kristin Vindhol Evensen present the results of an interesting research study of the Norwegian Sports Awards TV show, Idrettsgalla, with a specific eye to the differences in presentation of the awards for Parasports and for sports by able-bodied athletes, including a gender perspective. The use of jokes by presenters plays an informative and revealing role in the analysis, both in terms of gender and degree of ability.
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