Adding experiential layers to the transnational-athlete concept: a narrative review of real-world heterogeneous mobility experiences

Ray Bobrownicki*, Stephanie Valentin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objective
With rising mobility and greater recognition of the diversity of origins, cultures, and outlooks, there has been increasing interest in transnational perspectives in sport psychology scholarship and practice. Based on personal and professional experiences, however, we are concerned that there are diverse transnational athlete perspectives that have not yet been explored in the literature and often restricted by traditional nation-based sporting policies, organisations, and events. As cultural awareness and understanding may enhance consultancy effectiveness and enable the construction of heretofore unrealised identities for athletes, in this paper we seek to expand upon the heterogeneity of athlete experiences relating to mobility by exploring real-world cases of transnational athletes and how their experiences fit into current sporting structures.

Design
Narrative review and commentary.

Results
Three identity orientations that showcase transnational diversity are identified: postnational, intranational, and non-national. Key characteristics and challenges relating to these for athletes, coaches, and practitioners are exemplified and discussed.

Conclusion
To enhance rapport and inclusivity, researchers and practitioners should not only consider experiences, perceptions, and constructed identities of postnational, intranational, and non-national athletes, but also seek to understand how these interact with or are influenced by environmental and structural factors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102075
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Volume58
Early online date5 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • mobility
  • postnational
  • intranational
  • non-national
  • identity
  • cultural sport psychology

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