International High-Performance Sport Camps and the Development of Emplaced Physical Capital Among Pasifika Athletes

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In this paper, the authors explore how athletes from the Global South interact with the material environment of an international training camp program in the lead up to a major event. Set within the context of Pasifika nations with colonial and missionary legacies, they examine the material, affective, sensory, and rhythmic forces at work to produce enabling or constraining capacities for emplaced physical capital in athletes. Driven by a desire to improve their performance, athletes resisted, appropriated, and adopted various high-performance practices to develop their emplaced physical capital capacities.

O’Brien and Riot are with the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia. Minahan is with the Griffith Sports Physiology and Performance, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

O’Brien (w.obrien@griffith.edu.au) is corresponding author.
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