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An elite hockey player's experiences of video-based coaching: A poststructuralist reading

Taylor, WG and Potrac, P and Nelson, LJ and Jones, L and Groom, R (2015) An elite hockey player's experiences of video-based coaching: A poststructuralist reading. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. ISSN 1012-6902

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Abstract

In this article, we present a poststructuralist reading of Claire’s (a pseudonym) experiences of receiving video-based coaching in elite level field hockey. Data were gathered through a series of in-depth interviews that formed part of a recursive and iterative data collection and analysis process. Interpreting Claire’s stories through a neo-Foucauldian application of Mathiesen’s synopticon revealed how the presence of a video camera mediated Claire’s practice and imposed a critical gaze, one that became collectively and institutionally consumed. We argue that the thoughts presented in this paper have significant implications for coach practice and education and that, as a result, there is a need for further critical inquiry into coaches’ uses of video-based technology.

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