High performance sport and sustainability: a contradiction of terms?

Barker, Dean, Barker-Ruchti, Natalie, Wals, Arjen and Tinning, Richard (2014) High performance sport and sustainability: a contradiction of terms?. Reflective Practice, 15 1: 1-11. doi:10.1080/14623943.2013.868799

Author Barker, Dean
Barker-Ruchti, Natalie
Wals, Arjen
Tinning, Richard
Title High performance sport and sustainability: a contradiction of terms?
Journal name Reflective Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1462-3943
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14623943.2013.868799
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Success in high performance sport has always been highly valued. Today, lucrative contracts, sponsorship deals and opportunities for celebrity status are balanced against substantial time spent training and high chances of failure. With pressure mounting on athletes to make the most of their athletic 'investment', the temptation to compromise their future well-being by exploiting their bodies for short-term gain and/or by cheating is growing. The aim of this paper is to explore the utility of sustainability science for thinking about these types of issues. Sustainability science is an emerging field which seeks to preserve the well-being of the planet and those on it by exploring the potential of nature and culture without compromising the future resource base. It specializes in developing holistic perspectives, considering multiple time scales, optimizing current systems without compromising the carrying capacity of the Earth, but also questioning the values and principles that dominate current ways of producing and consuming. Sustainability science acknowledges that we live in a rapidly changing world characterized by high levels of complexity and uncertainty. The proposition developed in this paper is that an exploration of sustainability perspectives can be generative in re-thinking and re-orienting the principles of high level competitive sports.
Keyword Athlete welfare
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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