Thursday, March 26, 2015

CFP: Play the Game 2015

Is college sport in urgent need of reform? If yes, where should it start?

This will be one of the main questions raised by Play the Game 2015 when the ninth edition of this world conference invites academics, investigative reporters, business representatives and sports leaders to engage in open, fact-based and constructive debates on themes that are essential to the future of sport.

Play the Game 2015 runs from 25-29 October in Aarhus, Denmark, under the subtitle “Global sport: Reform or revolution?”

We hope to gather a number of leading scholars from NASSS and other academic groups in North America in order to throw light on a various of the challenges connected with college sport:
The apparent injustice of a profitable business model building on amateur athletes, academic fraud, health risks, anti-doping policies, lack of access to recreational sport etcetera.

Play the Game 2015 brings up a number of international topics relevant for North American scholars under the following headlines:

·         The revolt against global events: A perfect storm for sport?
·         Governments vs. fixers: Will the rule of law beat the law of the jungle?
·         Good governance in sport: Setting standards, raising bars
·         A new World Code against doping: Anybody willing to comply?
·         The deadly disease of inactivity: Is the world ready for a cure?
·         Transfers and trafficking: The human cost of broken dreams
·         College sport in the USA: Unprotected amateurs in a billion-dollar business
North American scholars are warmly encouraged to bring their data, experiences and analytical skills into the debates and networking on these vital issues for world sport.
An Open Forum is also available to speakers:

·         who address issues not covered by the main themes
·         whose abstracts are not accepted in the peer review process
·         who offer interventions/investigations of a more personal character
·         who submit last-minute registrations
·         In the Open Forum, speakers are given a seven minute timeslot to present their main points.
In the Open Forum, speakers are given a seven minute timeslot to present their main points.

Submit your abstract/storyline
The deadline for abstract/storyline submission is Wednesday 13 May 2015. Please use our online submission page here: http://www.abstractreviewer.com/ptg/
Academic abstracts will be peer reviewed by academics only. Notifications on approval of abstracts will be sent by e-mail no later than 1 July 2015.

You can find information about registration and prices at http://www.kongreskompagniet.dk/playthegame2015
Please note that the registration price for abstract submitters will be calculated as of the day of the abstract submission, so nobody will miss an early bird discount. Prices start at 550€ for a 4-day conference with full conference participation, all social and cultural activities and most meals included.
More information in our Call for Papers and on Play the Game 2015’s website www.playthegame.org/2015

International launch of research projects
If you are preparing a major research project or a campaign, why not use Play the Game 2015 to launch your project internationally? Play the Game expects the participation of more than 100 journalists representing media across the globe and is an ideal platform for reaching a worldwide audience and building lasting working relations.

Please contact Play the Game’s international director Jens Sejer Andersen (details below) to discuss how coordinated action can be taken.

We thank you in advance for any help in distributing this message to friends, colleagues and others who share the goals of Play the Game: To promote democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in world sport.

Questions and contact
Abstract submission: Communications officer Stine Alvad, stine@playthegame.org or direct office line +45 87 48 20 22.
Programme issues: International director Jens Sejer Andersen, jens@playthegame.org or cell phone +45 20 71 07 01.

Hoping to welcome you in Aarhus in October,

Best regards/Bedste hilsner

Jens Sejer Andersen
International director/international chef
Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CFP: The Sport Project: Probing the Boundaries - Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Space, Place and Sport
The Sport Project: Probing the Boundaries

Thursday 24th September – Saturday 26th September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
Sport is a key space for controversies and issues over access and power. It is a key space for the construction of identity, belonging and community, a place for meaning-making. Every year sports events are hosted and won by communities and nation-states. Every year people do sports or watch sports in spaces: sports grounds, fields, back streets and parks. Every year, there is political struggle over funding that goes to the development of sports spaces, whether it is global events such as the World Cup, or informal spaces such as walking and cycling routes in national parks. For this conference, we invite academics, researchers, activists, theorists, policy-makers, journalists and practitioners to critically discuss and present interdisciplinary approaches to examining sport as a space in which tangible and intangible meanings, identities, development, engagement, and community are created. We are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to space, place and sport at the intersections of academic disciplines and subject fields, and invite contributions from academics who approach their work on space, place and sport through an inter-disciplinary lens. We especially welcome voices from beyond the academic boundaries, news from those involved in sport or writing about sport. We also include in that invitation those active in campaigns: for better access to spaces, for more spaces, as well as those fighting to save non-sports spaces from the hands of those who might want to turn them into sports facilities for mega-events.

The aim of this conference is to develop an active network of academics, practitioners and campaigners with an interest in sports geographies. By sports geographies we mean the ways in which we might understand sport as something that creates spaces and places, as well as something that is shaped by spaces and places. An inter-disciplinary sports geography is one that uses the relationship between sport, place and space to tell a story about the meaning of sport, the history of sport and the socio-cultural importance of sport: for example, about the relationship between Le Tour de France, landscapes and French identity. Themes within the conference include:

– Understanding the social and political potential of sport spaces – can sports spaces be places where social divisions are broken down? Who controls sports spaces?
– How sport intersect other spaces – cultures, communities, societies and nation-states
– Geographies of sporting bodies – the growth and development of sports organisations
– The meaning and purpose of sport spaces – what do people use sports spaces for?
– Conflicts over sports spaces – who gets access

We invite abstracts that discuss things like the relationship between sports teams in the context of the local/global debate; stadium architecture (gentrification, class and gendered space within stadia); sport spaces and urban planning; virtual sports; sports clubs and their community outreach initiatives (or relationship to their communities generally); variations in sporting practices and game rules across space and place; sport-driven nationalism as a sense of space and place; and sport as uniting force that breaks down the barriers of space and place.

We would also like to draw your attention to the Special Workshop on Sporting Mega-Events, International Sports Organisations and the Future of Sport which will be just before the conference this year. Details of which can be found here: Power and Corruption Wednesday 23rd September 2015, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st May 2015. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 10th July 2015. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: SPORT4 Abstract Submission.

Organising Chairs:
Karl Spracklen: K.Spracklen@leedsbeckett.ac.uk


The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.  The conference will also see the launch of the Sport: Probing the Boundaries journal, which will be published in 2016, and papers from the conference will be considered for the journal.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

For further details of the conference, please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/sport/call-for-papers/



Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

CFP: Special Issue on The Political Economy of Amateur Athletics

Call for Papers: Special Issue on The Political Economy of Amateur Athletics 

Special Issue Guest Editors:
Joshua I. Newman
Florida State University

Kyle S. Bunds
North Carolina State University

Concerned by the rise of professionalism in sport, and in an attempt to protect the sanctity of amateurism, the famous author and early bicycling aficionado G. Lacy Hillier proclaimed in 1892, “Sport is amusement solely…The essence of sport is relaxation…The sportsman (sic), then, is the man who has an amusement which may cost him something, but which must not bring him in anything, for an amusement which brings him in anything is not a sport but a business” (as cited in Allison, 2001, p. vii). In the historical present, however, it has become quite clear that sport is now a deeply privatized and commercialized feature of most societies. Considering the widespread development of both mass participant and mass spectator sport over the course of the last 150 years, historians, sociologists, economists, legal scholars, and behavioral scientists have in recent decades dedicated considerable effort to the study of how market forces and logics have infiltrated, and in some ways been remediated by, the function of amateurism within sport.

This coupling of sport and business has impacted the structure of amateur sport organizations as well as the ethic of amateurism more generally. Issues such as a) the professionalization of the Olympic Games, b) the rights of intercollegiate student-athletes to gain remuneration through their economically-productive sporting practices, and c) the hyper-commodification of youth sports feature largely in many a nations’ public discourse. It has been argued that amateurism serves a double function: on the supply side, amateurism produces a system of governance that suppresses wage labor (in relation to market value) and exacerbates income inequality (allowing those with capital to produce incomes at rates that exceed those producing income through labor); and on the demand side, the structure of amateur sport allows for the uneven allocation of public resources dedicated to fostering community development and health through sport and physical activity.

Given the current environment, there is a need for scholarly research and discussion on the political economy of amateur sport in the contemporary (global) market society. In this special issue on the political economy of amateur athletics, we welcome submissions focused on the following topics:
Intercollegiate Athletics at all levels

  • Adult Amateur Sport and Recreation 
  • The blurring lines between Amateur and Semi-Professional Sport 
  • Amateurism and the Olympic Games 
  • The Commercialization/Marketization of Youth Sport 
  • The political economy of the contemporary sporting body 
  • The market politics of gender, race, sexuality, or (dis)ability
We invite a wide range of articles, essays, and creative works that will embrace and carry your work and/or the conference experience into the journal; scholars, researchers, and practitioners across disciplines and drawing upon a wide range of methods are encouraged to submit.
If you have an interest in pursuing a manuscript for submission, please send an initial proposal (including a working title and a 150-200 word abstract) through e-mail to both Dr. Joshua Newman (jinewman@fsu.edu) and the JAS office (jamsport@ku.edu) by April 15th, 2015. The final manuscript needs to be submitted for review no later than October 1st, 2015.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

CONFERENCE: Promoting athlete well-being from youth sport to elite competition

PROMOTING ATHLETE WELL-BEING FROM YOUTH SPORT TO ELITE COMPETITION — April 23–25, State College, Pennsylvania

This conference is designed to identify best practices and other solutions to the physical, social, psychological, and educational risks faced by athletes. Sessions will be devoted to topics such as youth sport, parental involvement, and proper coaching behavior; concussions and injuries from overuse; psychological risks, including early specialization and burnout; physiological and social issues unique to girls' and women's sport; drug use and other forms of performance enhancement; and educational challenges like time devoted to athletics and eligibility standards. Keynote speakers include Jim Delany, Big Ten Commissioner, and John Amaechi, Former Penn State basketball great and high-performance executive coach.

Learn more and register today at http://www.outreach.psu.edu/athlete-wellbeing/

Friday, February 13, 2015

JOB: Reader/Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sport and Social Science - University of Bath (UK)

Reader/Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sport and Social Science
Department for Health

Salary: Starting from £47,328, rising to £54,841
Closing Date: Monday 16 March 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: CC2983

As the largest component of the Department for Health, Sport Health & Exercise Science (SHES) was ranked 5th out of 51 submissions in Unit of Assessment 26 of the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with 90% of the return ranked 3-4*. Currently the Department is ranked 3rd in the 2015 Complete University Guide and 1st in the Guardian League Tables for Sports Science/Social Science subjects in the UK. The group has an excellent trajectory, as evidenced by all metrics.

The Department is seeking to appoint a full-time Reader/Senior Lecturer in Sport and Social Science who is a scholar with a strong track-record of peer-reviewed publications and research grants, as  
well as academic leadership. You should also be able to demonstrate teaching excellence.

We are seeking a dynamic, adaptable colleague who will work with us to ensure the continuing strength of the Department in both research and teaching. You will be expected to maintain and develop your own programme of research, be successful in seeking external funding, and contribute to teaching and research supervision on relevant programmes. It is expected that your scholarly activities will complement and further enhance existing research foci in Physical Cultural Studies and the wider Department for Health and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

While applications are welcomed from all social science disciplines relevant to the study of sport and physical culture, we are particularly interested in those whose scholarship fosters interdisciplinarity through socio-cultural research in Sport and Physical Activity, with additional areas of expertise such as; Health and Wellbeing; Politics, Urban Studies and Inequality; Youth, Ageing and Disability Studies.

If you wish to make an informal and confidential enquiry about this post, please contact either Professor Simone Fullagar, Physical Cultural Studies, Tel: +44 (0)1225 385654, email:  
s.p.fullagar@bath.ac.uk or the Head of Department, Dr James Bilzon, Tel: +44 (0)1225 383174, email: j.bilzon@bath.ac.uk.

https://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=CC2983

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CFP: Sport, Physical Activity and Public Health - International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

Call for Papers
Special Issue: Sport, Physical Activity and Public Health

Guest editors: Dr Louise Mansfield and Dr Joe Piggin

The aim of this special issue is to encourage critical discussions about the relationships between sport, physical activity and public health. The resurgence in the importance of physical activity in public health policy is evidenced by the development of increasingly explicit recommendations on physical activity levels in global health strategies and national physical activity policies, along with intensifying local promotion, delivery and governance of individual and community based sport and physical activity programmes. The sport sector specifically is a priority area for increasing population rates of physical activity. However, very little is known about the contribution of sport to physical activity and health. The requirements for successful individual, community and national promotion of sport and physical activity programmes are not well understood and there is scope to bring critical work to the fore on the consequences (both intended and unintended) of such programmes for diverse groups of people.

Key Deadlines and Submission 
Full papers (8000-10000 words) and research notes / short communications (2000 words max) are accepted. Abstract (250 words) submission 30th June 2015 to either guest editor with completed articles due 30th October 2015. Submission is via Manuscript Central. Interested parties can contact the editors (louise.mansfield@brunel.ac.uk and j.j.piggin@lboro.ac.uk) by email to discuss potential submissions.

For more information, visit: bit.ly/ijspp_CFP

Published in affiliation with the European Association for Sport Management
Now publishing 4 issues per year.
The International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics examines the role and significance of sport as a political resource both for governmental and nongovernmental actors. The journal also explores the influence of sub-national, national and transnational government organisations on the development of sport policy and examines the impact of sport politics and policy on society. Be the first to know when a new issue is published. Simply visit the journal’s homepage and click on the ‘Alert me’ link.

Find out more about International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics at www.tandfonline.com/risp

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

CFP: Sports, genders and sexualities: Social, Ethical and Political Challenges

Call For Papers URePSSS / INSEP2015 - Workshop
Sports, genders and sexualities
Social, Ethical and Political Challenges
 5th-7th May 2015
University of the Littoral Opal Coast, Dunkirk, France

Organisers :
Alessandro Porrovecchio, University of the Littoral Opal Coast,
URePSSS-EA 4110/EA4488 ULCO Laboratory
alessandro.porrovecchio@gmail.com

Paul Reynolds, Edge Hill University, UK and International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics (INSEP)
reynoldp@edgehill.ac.uk

As expressions of cultural embodiment, sexualities, genders and sports can be analyzed as a mirror of societies’ transformations and developments. The analysis of sports, gender and sexuality can be a key to analyze changes and persistence's in social interactions and collective representations. This workshop seeks to create a discursive space for contributors to explore the social, ethical and political criticalities arising in the interaction between sports, gender and sexualities in contemporary societies.. We invite papers aimed at both understanding the relationships between sports, genders and sexualities, and using them as a tool to analyse broader social, ethical and political transformations. As such, such, we hope to provide both critical evaluation of current theories and paradigms by which sport, gender and sexuality are understood and encourage the opening of new horizons for critical investigations. Indicative but not exhaustive themes of enquiry might be:

• Should sport be sexy? Should sex be sport? What do we learn from bring the two together?
• How have sports and physical cultures built their specificities - in particular with relation to genders and sexual differences and consequently to body-related social norms - and how should we understand them?
• How have sports’ institutions managed to include or exclude gender and sexual diversities (e.g. cases of intersexed and/or transgender athletes or gender bars)? Are these exclusions necessary and what if any solutions are there for these exclusions?
• To what extent has sports cultures been inherently sexist and heteronormative, and to what extent are they spaces of abuse, prejudice and pathology, and how can this be changed?
• What impacts have innovations in sport practices (technologies, enhancements, techniques, dressing-codes, aesthetics, etc.) had in their intersection with sexualities?
• To what extent have issues of sexual violence and homophobia amongst the sports community been successfully addressed?
• How should we understand the confluences of desire, eroticism and pleasure in the intersections of sport and sexuality?
• What are the popular and digital media’s roles and responsibilities in the co-construction of sex and gender representations in sports?
• What are the contemporary challenges and opportunities when we consider the relationship between sports and sexuality?

Starting from these (and other) questions, broader collective representations concerning sports, genders and sexualities can be analyzed, for example health issues, media messages, social rules.

This workshop will both bring together current research in the area and mark out future directions for researchers interested in contesting/reformulating our understandings of knowledge production in sports, gender and sexuality studies. We invite contributors to submit abstracts elaborating their theoretical and empirical research (including reflexive and experiential contributions). Studies that have focused on political, ethical and social criticalities are welcome. We are interested in contributions that expose the challenges, emerging issues and possible solutions in focusing in critical and delicate issues of power, domination and abuse in order to analyze the representations and meanings of both sports, gender and sexual diversities. We welcome both trans-disciplinary and disciplinary contributions.

This workshop is part of the new collaboration between the URePSSS-EA 4110/EA4488 ULCO laboratory (Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire Sport Santé Société) of the University of the Littoral Opal Coast / University of Lille Nord de France, and the INSEP (International Network on Sexual Ethics and Politics). INSEP is an international network that encourages synergistic transdiciplinary legal, political and ethical research, ‘troubling’ current assumptions, dispositions and claims for the boundaries between legitimacy and illegitimacy in diverse sexual identities, subcultures and practices in both national and international contexts. The URePSSS is a pluridisciplinary and inter-university laboratory that conducts its researches focusing mainly on the interaction between sports, health and society.

INSEP publishes a journal - http://www.budrich-journals.de/index.php/insep - and is launching an accompanying book series in 2015. It is anticipated that this workshop will produce an edited collection and or a symposium in the journal (subject to normal refereeing conventions).

The workshop fee for the full three days, which includes the conference pack and refreshments is:
Presenting Delegates - 90 Euros,
Presenting Postgraduates.- 70 Euros
Non-presenting delegates - 30 Euros (with some free places available for local researchers and postgraduates)
Non-presenting undergraduates / students - Free

For more details about the URePSSS / INSEP workshop, please visit the INSEP website: http://www.insep.ugent.be/

Submissions for this workshop (300 words) should reach us by the final deadline of Friday 20th , February.

Please send abstracts to alessandro.porrovecchio@gmail.com - Normal acceptance/rejection notification: within 7 days.

CFP: Strength and Conditioning for Female Athletes - Strength and Conditioning Journal

Strength and Conditioning Journal
Special Topics Issue:
Strength and Conditioning for Female Athletes
Guest Editor: Nicole C. Dabbs, PhD (California State University, San Bernardino)

Background and Context
Scholarly interest in female athletes is emerging rapidly and is at an all-time high. The need to prepare and enhance the knowledge of strength and conditioning coaches of the considerations for female athletes is essential. As the number of female athletes continues to grow, the amount of literature on female athletes has flourished. Scholars from multiple disciplines are investigating critical issues such as: female development in strength and power, mentoring, female athlete-coach relationships, female coaches, ethic, power and politics, and promoting the science and practice of and for women coaches.
In order to understand how the female athlete’s body responds to training, a majority of the research within the field is physiology-based and the recommendations for strength and conditioning coaches are largely bio-medical (e.g., sport physiology, injury prevention, nutrition). While scholars often assume that coaches need merely to acquire and use physiological and bio-medical knowledge and may also benefit to other issues currently raised with females and sports. Strength and conditioning in female athletes is recognized as multifaceted and requires diverse knowledge base with practical application for strength and conditioning coaches.

Call for Papers
This special issue aims to expand and challenge our thinking of females in strength and conditioning, as athletes and coaches. Building upon the growth of females, this special issue is timely and likely to have wide appeal and readership.
Specifically, the purpose of this special issue is to bridge the gap between research and literature in female athletes and female strength and conditioning coaches. We encourage submissions of interest to both contributors and readers such as (but not limited to):
 Resistance training considerations for female athletes in a variety of sports (force, power, velocity, hypertrophy, etc.)
 Injury prevention in females in specific sports
 Social-psychological aspects of training females
 Training mental intensity in female athletes
 Types of motivation for female athletes
 Mobility in specific joints for injury prevention or rehab in females
 Modalities that increase sport performance in female athletes
 Female strength and conditioning coaches influence on the field
 Considerations for military training in females
 Nutrition considerations in female athletes
 Self-confidence and/or body image issues in female athletes
 History or changes in female S&C coaches
 Female youth considerations in sport
 Gender Issues and Sport
 Training programs for the female obese population

Writing and Publishing Guidelines
General Instructions
The mission of the Strength and Conditioning Journal is to, “…publish articles that report both the practical applications of research findings and the knowledge gained by experienced professionals.” It is inappropriate to submit original research to this journal.
Submissions must be directly relevant for strength and conditioning coaches.
While scholars are encouraged to draw upon research in females, it will be the author(s) responsibility to transfer this material to the context of strength and conditioning. Authors will need to do more than state “females learn or experience…and females in strength and conditioning may glean from this…” Authors are encouraged to consult with the guest editor or an experienced strength and conditioning coach to help provide practical knowledge, examples or context. The guest editor has a reference list of research and literature on females in strength and conditioning, knowledge, and characteristics that is available upon request.
Authors are also encouraged to advance a new position, or a critique of existing one, related to the field of strength and conditioning as long as it is connected to females. More information can be found at the Strength and Conditioning Journal homepage:

Audience and Tone
The audience for the SCJ is primarily practitioners. Submissions should be written without excessive technical or theoretical language while avoiding the recent concern to “dumb-down” articles. In other words, please write to your audience. Author(s) ability to balance these requirements is essential.

Submission Instructions
Strength and Conditioning Journal is a peer-reviewed journal with wide readership in the field. It has an impact factor of 0.713 and ranks 57/79 in Sport Sciences. It is, arguably, the most widely read and esteemed practitioner journal in the field of strength and conditioning. When submitting for this Special Issue for Females and Strength and Conditioning, please note in your submission that it is for the Female Special Issue, so that it is not published in the regular issues. Instructions for authors are available at the following url:

Tentative Submission Deadlines:
1. Targeted submission deadline August, 2015
2. Initial Peer review August-September, 2015
3. Author corrections September-October, 2015
4. 2nd Review if necessary September-October/November, 2015
5. Publisher corrects and finalizing of manuscripts November-December, 2015
6. Published issue targeted in February, 2016

*Please note: Delays in the submission process and the need to receive a sufficient number of manuscripts will ultimately influence the targeted publishing date.

Questions should be directed to:
Nicole C. Dabbs, PhD
Department of Kinesiology
California State University – San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway, HP 120
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Office: (909) 537-7565
Email: ndabbs@csusb.edu or ncdabbs@gmail.com

PHD: Use of Performance Analysis in Elite Sport - Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

PhD Research Studentship: The Use of Performance Analysis in Elite Sport: An Ethnography of Practice
Manchester Metropolitan University, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cheshire and Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding Amount:  £13,863 p.a. tax-free bursary plus tuition fees (£3998 p.a.)
Hours: Full Time for 3 Years
Placed on: XX/XX/XX
Closes06/02/15
Appointment: Interview and presentation date Wednesday the 25th February
Applications are invited for the above joint funded studentship based at Crewe in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science at MMU’s Cheshire Faculty working in conjunction with the English Institute of Sport (EIS). The PhD provides a unique opportunity to work with elite performance sports within the English Institute of Sport (EIS).
The EIS, a grant funded organisation, is a nationwide network of support centres designed to foster the talents of English elite athletes – increasing their potential for medal success. Working hand-in-hand with elite performers and coaches, the performance analysis department supports the development and performance of elite athletes both towards and during competition. As part of this support programme, the performance analysis department use video-based feedback across a range of sports to support the athletes and coaches.
In further understanding the development of support systems towards Rio 2016 and beyond, we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to investigate the use of video-based performance analysis across a range of key EIS sports. The specific aims of this research programme are to explore: (1) the coaches’ use of video-based feedback; (2) the athletes’ experiences of receiving video-based feedback; and (3) the coach-athlete interactions in video-based feedback sessions across a range of EIS supported sports.
The project involves collecting data through qualitative research methods (e.g., interviews, observations, and field notes) to address these research aims. Whilst based primarily at the Cheshire Faculty at MMU, it is expected that the successful candidate will divide their time between the Cheshire Faculty at MMU and at the EIS support centres in Manchester.
Applicants should have a good first degree in sport, education, sociology or a related discipline (2:1 or 1st). A masters degree within sport, education, or sociology would be desirable. In addition, applicants should have excellent interpersonal skills, as well as confidence in academic writing and qualitative research methods. Applicants should have a strong interest in sport and social science, although specific technical expertise in sports performance analysis is not required for this programme of research.
To be considered please submit an academic CV, a  500 word statement outlining your suitability for the post, and a 1000 words (max) research proposal addressing the specific aims of this research project to Dr Ryan Groom (r.groom@mmu.ac.uk). Informal enquires should be made to Dr Ryan Groom at the same email address.
Information about the Faculty and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science can be found at:http://www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/

SUMMER STUDY ABROAD: MLB’s Asia strategy - George Washington University

George Washington's Short-Term Study Abroad program has a great course offering this Summer for students interested in Sport Globalization. A small group will travel to China to observe Major League Baseball's efforts to spur player development and fan engagement in the country.

We'll work with MLB in China to assess those efforts and to refine MLB’s Asia strategy.

The course is open to non-GW students. I would welcome hearing from any who are interested. My email address is mhyman@gwu.edu. The application deadline is February 16.

See the link for details.

http://business.gwu.edu/international-programs/study-abroad/short-term/