Joining with the conversation: research as a sustainable practice in the sport sciences

WOODS, Carl T., ARAÚJO, Duarte and DAVIDS, Keith (2022). Joining with the conversation: research as a sustainable practice in the sport sciences. Sports Medicine - Open, 8 (1): 102.

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Abstract: What would it mean to consider research in the sport sciences as a sustainable practice? Taking a step back, in such a context, what would sustainability even mean? The time is ripe to address such questions, and what we lay out here are our initial thoughts on this most contemporary of issues. We start by exploring what is meant by the term ‘sustainability’. Rather than following mainstream thinking—the harnessing of earthly resources commodified and exploited as ‘renewables’—we situate it in the sport sciences as a continuing response-ability to the experiences of others. This view is rooted in ‘commoning’—an intransitive verb in which people conjoin varied experiences through correspondence. What makes this sustainable, is its ongoing open-endedness; meaning, it carries on as people (co)respond to one another. Central to this idea is a perceptual system attuned to the ebbs and flows of what or who one is corresponding with. Though, the current modus operandi of research in the sport sciences is located, not on the skilled perception of the scientist corresponding with the coming-into-being of phenomena, but on an unsustainable model of recognition that views phenomena as ‘objects of analysis’, fixed and final in form, waiting to be known about by means of reduction, fragmentation and classification. For research in the sport sciences to become a sustainable practice, we propose a scholarship that prioritises direct observation and participation with what holds our attention, corresponding within its natural ecology of relations, embedding the phenomenon itself. This re-conceptualisation of science views research as a response-able scholarship grounded in conversation. Like inquiring about the well-being of loved ones, what sustains such a scholarship is curiosity, care and hope—a curiosity about which captivates us, a care that sees us respond to what we observe, and a hope of carrying the correspondence on, together.

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Additional Information: ** From Springer Nature via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: **Journal IDs: pissn 2199-1170; eissn 2198-9761 **Article IDs: publisher-id: s40798-022-00493-0; manuscript: 493 **History: published 12-2022; online 06-08-2022; published 06-08-2022; registration 22-07-2022; accepted 21-07-2022; submitted 03-05-2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leading Article, Correspondence, Research processes, Ecological, Ontology, Knowing, Skill, Sustainability
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SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2022 14:42
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 10:46

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