Three worlds: new directions in participant development in sport and physical activity

D. Collins, R. Bailey, P.A. Ford, Á. MacNamara, M. Toms, Gemma Pearce

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    The twin challenges of inactivity and the 2012 Olympics have tightened the focus in UK sport promotion. However, the twin track approach which treats these challenges as distinct concerns may limit the efficacy of interventions in either area. We propose that a continuum between participation, performance sport and elite achievement represents the most efficacious and logical focus for practitioners and researchers alike. We explore the genesis of this, and other problematic features through critical consideration of key theories. Finally, we propose a multidimensional approach to lifelong sport and activity participation as a theoretically justified basis for research and intervention design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)225-243
    JournalSport, Education and Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    • biopsychosocial approaches
    • development
    • elite sport
    • performance pathways
    • physical activity


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