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Preprint: Conceptualising Moral Integrity: an analysis of 21 uses

Integrity is often mentioned, but, ultimately, not a well-researched concept. The current study attempts to disentangle moral integrity from the overall construct of integrity by analysing how it is defined and used in academic literature.

Parent-reported social-communication changes in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK

This study explores the social-communicative impact of the first lockdown (March 2020 – July 2020) in the UK and the return to school period (September 2020 – October 2020), following prolonged disruption to routine, for autistic children.

Chapter: 'Values-based coaching: The role of coaches in moral development' in Essentials of exercise and sport psychology: An open access textbook

The purpose of this chapter is to highlight ways in which coaches can support moral development in their athletes through Values-Based Coaching (VBC). That is, by placing ethicality, excellence (i.e., of character and thought), and empowerment (i.e., the Three E’s) at the forefront of their practice...

Preprint: Effective Sports Coaching: A Systematic Integrative Review

Research investigating coaching effectiveness is of great importance to ensure the sporting experience and development of athletes is optimised. Coaches are significant figures for the athletes they coach, especially for youth athletes within sporting programmes. Therefore, understanding what makes an ‘effective coach’ in terms of leadership and coaching behaviours will only aid positive youth development and help ensure youth athletes are afforded optimal opportunities to enhance their skills and attributes...

Outcomes from the 'Dancing out for a Voice: ASD' consultation

On the 27th of May 2021, we held an online consultation with members of the autistic, autism, and wider research communities to discuss our project proposal for the Dancing out for a voice: ASD project. A document has been created summarising the discussions held and outcomes from the consultation.

Preprint: Parent-reported social-communication changes in Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK

Given the ever-evolving situation, little is known about the repercussions of coronavirus and the subsequent lockdowns for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, the hallmark features of ASD, such as chronic social-communication challenges, put autistic children at greater risk of being negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, this study explores the social-communicative impact of ...

The Effectiveness of Mirroring- and Rhythm-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Systematic Review

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterised as a neurodevelopmental disorder that has continuing deficits in communication skills and social development. Utilising techniques known as mirroring and rhythm, Dance and Movement Therapy (DMT) has shown beneficial effects in the autistic population reducing such deficits. However, no review to date has investigated these individual techniques outside the practice of DMT...

Dance, rhythm, and autism spectrum disorder: An explorative study

This topic of research moves the field of dance and movement therapy (DMT) into an area of clinical and social relevance by investigating the most beneficial features of rhythm and music for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The current literature suggests...

Preprint: Dancing Out for a Voice: A Narrative Review of the Literature Exploring Autism, Physical Activity and Dance

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are characterised by profound deficits in social communication; social interaction; and repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities. Currently, few therapeutic interventions successfully target...

Doping Practices in International Weightlifting

Analysis of sanctioned athletes/support personnel from 2008-2019 and retesting of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. The pervasiveness of doping and ndings of anti-doping corruption threaten weightlifting’s position at the 2024 Olympics. Analysing...

Position Statement on Esports and Depression Literacy

This statement has two aims. The first is to highlight positive ways in which gaming could be used to enhance depression literacy and helpseeking behaviour in young men. The second is to provoke wider discussion across the various stakeholders (e.g., gamers, mental health practitioners, academics)...

Authentic Arseholes and the Problem with Transformational Leaders

Within the present manuscript, I outline transformational leadership as a concept, identify gaps in our current empirical understanding of the concept, clarify a host of conceptual issues, and suggest some initial ideas around how we as a field may attend to measurement problems that have hampered the advancement of research...

Moving sport and exercise science forward: A call for the adoption of more transparent research practices

The primary means of disseminating sport and exercise science research is currently through journal articles. However, not all studies, especially those with null findings, make it to formal publication...

Communications in Kinesiology: A new open access journal from the Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology

We introduce Communications in Kinesiology, a new open access journal from the Society of Transparency, Openness, and Replicaiton in Kinesiology.

NSF 19-501 Accelnet Proposal: Community of Open Scholarship Grassroots Networks (COSGN)

The Community of Open Scholarship Grassroots Networks (COSGN), includes 120 grassroots networks, representing virtually every region of the world and every research discipline. These networks communicate and coordinate on topics of common interest...

Values Based Coaching and the Coaches Role in Moral Development

The purpose of this manuscript is to highlight ways in which coaches can support moral development in their athletes through Values-Based Coaching (VBC). That is, by placing ethicality, excellence (ie, of character and thought), and empowerment (ie, the Three E’s) at the forefront of their practice...

‘Hey, look at me’: An {auto} ethnographic account of experiencing ADHD symptoms within sport

Using an autoethnographic approach, the first author, an individual diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in early childhood, explores his lived sporting experiences with the help of the second author...

When the managerial merry-go-round stops: A case study of how disconfirming episodes affect the identities of expert football managers.

Owing to the highly competitive nature of top-level football (ie, top domestic league or international standard), expert football managers often undergo several disconfirming episodes throughout their careers (eg, job loss, public criticism, unsuccessful interviews or career moves). However, little is known about how such episodes are experienced and impact identity...

It is not Black and White: A comparison of skin tone by playing position in the Premier League and English football

Within the present manuscript we explore the role of skin tone on playing position within English football’s top four professional leagues. Player data (n = 4515) was collected across five seasons (2010–2015). Unlike previous research, results indicate a statistically significant, but arguable minor difference between the skin tones of those who play in central as opposed to wide positions...

Development of moral disengagement and self-regulatory efficacy assessments relevant to doping in sport and exercise

Objectives

To develop Moral Disengagement (MD) and Self-Regulatory Efficacy (SRE) instruments relevant to doping in sport and exercise and provide evidence for the validity and reliability of instrument scores...

‘Why would you referee?’: An {auto} ethnographic account of a football official.

Adopting a creative yet novel autoethnographic approach, this study explores the experiences of the first author, a newly qualified footballing official. In doing so, the study provides a first person account to showcase the realities of refereeing...

Empathic and self-regulatory processes governing doping behavior

Evidence associating doping behavior with moral disengagement (MD) has accumulated over recent years. However, to date, research examining links between MD and doping has not considered key theoretically grounded influences and outcomes of MD. As such, there is a need for quantitative research in relevant populations that purposefully examines the explanatory pathways through which MD is thought to operate...

Development and initial validation of an indirect measure of transformational leadership integrity

An indirect measure of transformational leadership integrity was developed across three studies. In Study 1, the transformational leadership integrity implicit association test (TLI-IAT) was developed and tested with 65 leaders across heterogeneous organizational contexts...

Advancing leadership in sport: Time to 'actually' take the blinkers off?

In a recent article entitled Advancing Leadership in Sport: Time to Take off the Blinkers?’ Cruickshank and Collins presented what they deemed to be a critical analysis of extant leadership research in sport, attempting to establish a rationale for a greater emphasis on both the cognitive and ‘darker’ (i.e., socially undesirable) sides of leadership. The purpose of the present article is to challenge and clarify a number of misrepresentations in the arguments made...

Expert Premier League soccer managers’ use of transformational leadership behaviours and attitude towards sport integrity: An intrinsic case study

The present study is the first to examine transformational leadership behaviours and integrity attitudes of expert, Premier League and International level football managers. To provide a rich, detailed exploration of the expert managers’ experiences, a qualitative approach was adopted utilising holistic content analysis...

An [AUTO] ethnographic account of constructing, deconstructing, and partially reconstructing a coaching identity

This reflective autoethnography illuminates the intricate mechanisms that impact identity construction and deconstruction. Set within the context of football coaching, the author draws upon lived experiences to show his struggle to establish and maintain an identity...