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“Who Am I to Tell Them How to Coach?”—An Analysis of Coach Developers’ Professional Identity Formation

James Davidson and Robert C. Townsend

Recent shifts internationally in coach education and development research have led to a distinct focus on the professional identity and practice of coach developers ( Allanson et al., 2021 ; Leeder & Cushion, 2020 ; Stodter & Cushion, 2019b ). Positioned either as knowledgeable experts in

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When Culture Meets Capital: Commercialism, National Identity, and Vancouver’s Initial Attempt to Join the NHL

John Wong and Scott R. Jedlicka

’s application into the NHL through the dynamic interplay between commercialized sport and national/regional identity. Long before Parliament proclaimed hockey as the national (winter) sport of Canada, the perception of hockey as a Canadian cultural product was widely accepted as fact. 2 While a game hitting an

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Racial Identity and Its Impact on Job Applicants

Astin D. Steward and George B. Cunningham

Across two experimental studies, the purpose of this research project was to examine how Whites evaluate African Americans with a strong racial identity. In Study 1, participants evaluated applicants for an athletic director position. Relative to their weakly identified counterparts, applicants believed to possess a strong racial identity were rated as a poorer fit for the job. Results from Study 2, which was also set within the context of hiring an athletic director, show that participant social dominance orientation moderates the relationship between racial identity and subsequent evaluations. The authors discuss theoretical and practical implications, limitations, and future directions.

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Fantasy Sport, FoMO, and Traditional Fandom: How Second-Screen Use of Social Media Allows Fans to Accommodate Multiple Identities

Ben A. Larkin and Janet S. Fink

Fantasy sport has become a prominent topic of study for sport management scholars over the last decade, and along with the rise of this research have come questions regarding how fantasy sport involvement impacts fans’ loyalty to their favorite team(s). Although this question has been posed several times, results have been mixed. We posit that this is largely attributable to the fact that to this point researchers have not considered the situational environment under which fantasy sport has proliferated or the psychological processes of consumers facing multiple consumption options. Therefore, we examined a model featuring fear of missing out as an antecedent to fantasy sport involvement, social media involvement, and team identity salience during games. Furthermore, we examine the role social media involvement plays in allowing fans to accommodate both their fantasy sport and team identities during games. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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From Athlete to Advocate: The Changing Media Coverage of Michael Phelps Pre- and Postretirement

Joshua R. Jackson, Emily J. Dirks, and Andrew C. Billings

Michael Phelps’s public identity can largely be encapsulated in one word: “Olympian.” The 23-time gold medalist is subsequently associated with discipline, strength, and perfection. However, Phelps’s streamlined Olympic personae changed in 2014 ( Gilles & Reese, 2018 ) when he was arrested for

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Realizing, Adapting, and Thriving in Career Transitions From Gymnastics to Contemporary Circus Arts

Fleur E.C.A. van Rens and Edson Filho

specialization sports such as gymnastics, former athletes particularly struggle with athletic retirement due to the loss of their athletic self-identity ( Gagné, Ryan, & Bargmann, 2003 ; Warriner & Lavallee, 2008 ). Similar to career transitions within sport, coping skills and personal resources are critical in

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“A Blank Slate”: Preparing for Tokyo 2021 During COVID-19

Nick Wadsworth and Adam Hargreaves

itself ( Buber, 1970 ). Practitioners who demonstrate complete presence in the encounter allow clients to confidently and comfortably engage with the support by telling their story. Balance draws on the identity literature ( Wylleman et al., 2004 ) and highlights the importance of supporting the person

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Adjusting Identities When Times Change: The Role of Self-Compassion

Sasha M. Kullman, Brittany N. Semenchuk, Benjamin J.I. Schellenberg, Laura Ceccarelli, and Shaelyn M. Strachan

Identities provide people with a standard for behavior; when people identify with a role, they try to act in accordance with role meanings ( Burke & Tully, 1977 ). According to identity theory, when people behave in a way that is inconsistent with their identity, they feel distress ( Burke & Stets

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Gender, Sexual, and Sports Fan Identities

Rachel Allison and Chris Knoester

& Serazio, 2018 ). For many, sports fandom is a meaningful pastime that shapes self-identities and relationships with others ( Crawford, 2004 ; Mewett & Toffoletti, 2011 ; Tarver, 2017 ). Yet, U.S. sports fan cultures have historically been disproportionately (hetero)masculine and male-dominated domains

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Organizational Identity Development in Sport Volunteers

Christine E. Wegner, Bradley J. Baker, and Gareth J. Jones

, 2015 ), and internal stakeholders, such as employees ( Swanson & Kent, 2015 ). Organizational identification, or a sense of oneness with an organization ( Mael & Ashforth, 1992 ), facilitates the development of comprehensive, group-based identities that reflect the beliefs and values of organizational