The reflective sport and exercise science practitioner

Zoe Knowles*, Andy Miles, Emma Huntley, Gareth Picknell, Stephen D. Mellalieu, Sheldon Hanton, Emily Ryall, Andy Borrie, Jo Trelfa, Hamish Telfer, Kate Williams, Tegan Adams, Alison Pope-Rhodius, Christopher R. D. Wagstaff, Matthew Miller, Alessandro Quartiroli, Amy Whitehead, Amanda J. Wilding, Paula Watson, Laura NeedhamJames Morton, Brian Gearity, Clayton Kuklick, Hannah C. Wood, Amelia K. Simpson, Amelia K. McIntosh, Emma S. Cowley, Brendan Cropley

*Corresponding author for this work

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The development of reflective practitioners within the sport and exercise sciences and allied disciplines has started to gain prominence in discussions surrounding education, training, and practice in these fields. However, while the principles associated with doing reflective practice are becoming more widely discussed in the sport and exercise literature, debate concerning what it means to be a reflective practitioner remains limited. This has perhaps resulted in ongoing conceptual and applied considerations relating to the nature and importance of reflective practice, often leading to the promotion of, and engagement in, reflection that is overly technical, restricted, and compliant. Drawing on the perspectives of those who have contributed to this text, in this chapter we (editorial team) present a series of vignettes that offer accounts of what it means to be a reflective practitioner. In doing so, our aim is to allow the reader to immerse themselves within the contributors’ own experiences, perspectives and developmental journeys. Finally, we offer our own analytical summary of the contributors’ vignettes to draw together some of the common ideas and themes concerning the attitudes, skills, perspectives, and philosophy required by the reflective practitioner.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReflective Practice in the Sport and Exercise Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Perspectives, Pedagogy, and Applied Case Studies
EditorsBrendan Cropley, Zoe Knowles, Andy Miles, Emma Huntley
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781000855920, 9781003198758
ISBN (Print)9781032056951, 9781032056944
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2023

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