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

Taylor, William G.; Potrac, Paul; Nelson, Lee J.; Jones, Luke; Groom, Ryan


William G. Taylor

Paul Potrac

Lee J. Nelson

Dr Luke Jones Jonzon
Lecturer in Sports Coaching/ Collaborative provision - academic contact for local partner colleges

Ryan Groom


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.

Publication Date 2017-02
Journal International review for the sociology of sport
Print ISSN 1012-6902
Electronic ISSN 1461-7218
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 1
Pages 112-125
Institution Citation Taylor, W. G., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. J., Jones, L., & Groom, R. (2017). An elite hockey player's experiences of video-based coaching: A poststructuralist reading. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52(1), 112-125.
Keywords Foucault, Mathiesen, Post-Panoptic, Synopticon, Video-based coaching
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Copyright Statement ©2017 University of Hull
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: International review for the sociology of sport, 2017, v.52, issue 1.


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