This study started out as we wanted to create a campaign, which would keep amateur cycle athletes from using doping. We did, however, realize that the key to the solution might be found elsewhere – namely in the early years of the rider’s active sports life. Competition is a natural part of any sport, but in this study we find certain aspects of the competitive environment to be troublesome, as it might be the first step towards a more radical behaviour, such as the use of doping. Thus we decided, that the main focus of this study would be to examine and evaluate the possibility of dialogue between the coach and the youth riders regarding the competitive behaviour in the member clubs of the Danish Cycling Federation (DCU), and furthermore to examine if the dialogue could change this behaviour. During this study, we have discovered how the dialog between the coach and the youth riders regarding the phenomenon of this study, the competitive behaviour in the DCU, is close to non- existent. Whereas the coaches are aware of the possible consequences of the competitive behaviour, they believe they lack the tools to facilitate this dialogue. This fact has shown to be problematic, as the possible consequences of the behaviour could push the youth riders into believing that it is necessary to use legal performance-enhancing products, which could, in the long term, lead to the belief that it is necessary to use performance-enhancing drugs such as doping later on. This behaviour could be implied in the youth riders’ cognition from an early age, as the DCU and the clubs show a great interest in the results after a race. These results are posted on their own homepages and on the social media. This proves a conflict of interest, as the DCU only recommends that the youth riders start competing in their late teen years, whereas they, at the same time, post the results of children down to 9 years of age. However, it is not only the DCU and the clubs who show a great interest in posting race results. The parents of the children are very interested in showing how their children are doing in the sports, and thus opening the possibility of allowing the children to use performance-enhancing products in order to make them do better. The coaches are, to a certain degree, aware of this, but as the dialogue, regarding this topic, never happens, it is all allowed to stay as a part of this environment. Be believe, that this could be changed Konkurrencens pris by the use of an agent of change, and thereby create a new understanding of the matter amongst the youth riders and their parents in order to keep a focus on what the DCU defines as good sportsmanship. We have reached this conclusion by using the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin and Martin Buber (as put to use by Louise Phillips) and Brenda Dervin. We seek to change the existing understanding within the youth riders and their parents by understanding the topics and realities they meet within the culture, as shown by phenomenology, and then change their understanding by the use of dialogue between the youth riders and their parents and the agent of change to change the behaviour, as shown by the social constructivism. We believe, that by educating the coaches to know of the results found in this study the coaches themselves could be the agents of change if given the correct tools to facilitate this dialogue. We have conducted empirical research in order to find out how the youth riders and the coaches understand this topic of the behaviour themselves. By making surveys and by interviewing our target group we have sought to find the solution to the doping problem within the sport. As it turned out, the problem could stem from implying a certain behaviour of competing from an early age. We also discovered how the possibility of having a dialogue regarding the topic between the coach and the youth rider exists, but as of now, the coaches do not feel ready to facilitate this dialogue. Our recommendation is therefore to conduct further research into the matter to determine how the parents view the topic, how their relationship towards the coach is in order to find out whether the coach could facilitate a dialogue with the parents or not. This would be done to find out how (or if) it is possible to define or change a belief within the parents regarding the behaviour of their children in the sports. Furthermore, we believe it is possible to create a ‘tool’ of sorts to give the coaches guidelines as a way of facilitating this dialogue. The dialogue would need an intersubjective relation between i.e. a coach and a youth rider to establish the understanding of the topic and thereby creating a sense- making within the youth rider.
|Uddannelser||Kommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||19 maj 2016|
- performance-enhancing drugs