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Sustainable elite sport: Swedish athletes’ voices of sustainability in athletics
Department of Food and Nutrition, And Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Department of Food and Nutrition, And Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; Division of Sport Science, School of Health Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3918-7904
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Institutionen för kost- och idrottsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8345-8994
2021 (English)In: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, ISSN 2159-676X, E-ISSN 2159-6778, Vol. 13, no 5, p. 727-742Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Elite sport is a precarious context, and as athletes are pushing their physical and mental boundaries to enhance performance, consequences can be devastating. In contrast to arguments that elite sport cannot be sustainable, some scholars have argued that with certain considerations and precautions, elite sport can have fewer unsustainable consequences. However, the current literature has missed to capture athletes’ voices regarding sustainability in elite sport. Therefore, this article aims to give voice to athletes and their needs and concerns regarding sustainable elite sport and through this, to extend the existing elite sport sustainability conceptualisation with knowledge from the athlete perspective. Focus group interviews were conducted with 15 high-performance athletes. The findings suggest that athletes need athlete-centred coaching, focus on holistic perspectives, and co-creation of their overall development. However, athletes also seem to adapt and accept commodity structures, as their focus on results. © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2021. Vol. 13, no 5, p. 727-742
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Athletics, athletes, elite sport, sustainability
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-42568DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2020.1778062ISI: 000548045800001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85086927690OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-42568DiVA, id: diva2:1445124
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Funding agency: Gothenburg Athletic Federation

Available from: 2020-06-22 Created: 2020-06-22 Last updated: 2022-04-08Bibliographically approved

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