“The story just brings the science to life”: exploring the use of stories to translate knowledge about self-regulatory processes during goal striving in running

Patricia C. Jackman, Amy E. Whitehead, Noel Brick, Ross Wadey

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Abstract

Storied representations of research have been recommended and identified as an effective pedagogical tool to facilitate knowledge transfer to end users. However, storied forms of representation have not yet been used to communicate knowledge of self-regulation during goal striving in running. Therefore, building upon a previous programme of research represented via a traditional realist tale (Jackman et al., 2024), the study aims were twofold: (1) to construct stories that communicate runners’ lived experiences of self-regulation during goal striving in distance-running; and (2) to share these stories with relevant knowledge users to explore what they do on and for them in the short-term (1–2 weeks) and long-term (six months). Stories were constructed and represented through vignettes. To accommodate diverse views and appreciate different knowledge bases, we invited athletes, coaches, and sport psychologists to witness the vignettes and explored their responses via qualitative surveys and multiple interviews over time. Data analysis identified how the stories were useful for translating knowledge into practice, the reasons why, and how they acted on and for the participants. The accessibility of the stories enabled participants to connect meaningfully with the research. This expanded their knowledge, which some used in performances and to support other runners. Overall, our findings support an evolving body of research illustrating the potential of storied forms of representation to facilitate knowledge transfer, and extend understanding by providing a subject-specific (i.e., self-regulation and goal striving) and population-specific (i.e., running) example of how stories can work on and for athletes and practitioners,
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 6 Jul 2024

Keywords

  • Endurance
  • Mental Skills
  • Performance
  • Creative Writing
  • Sports Psychology

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