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Scholarship: Sport Advocacy: Challenge, Controversy, Ethics & Action

Here is the link to work by researcher John Hall and partial abstract. 49 pages.  –Moderator Hank Nuwer

Running head: SPORT ADVOCACY Sport Advocacy: Challenge, Controversy, Ethics & Action John Heil Psychological Health Roanoke This is an expanded version of an article which originally appeared in Heil, J. (2016). Sport advocacy: Challenge, controversy, ethics, and action. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 5(4), 281-295. Copyright © 2016 American Psychological Association. Adapted with permission. Abstract – Professional Sport psychologists should consider advocating for athletes’ rights and responsible organizational practices. There is demonstrated need, solid science, and clear direction through the American Psychological Association’s ethical principles. Yet the voice of psychology is conspicuously absent in the public discourse in sport on issues such as hazing, bullying, gender equity, sexual violence, doping, and athlete safety, perhaps because speaking out is often fraught with challenge and controversy. The author shares a number of his experiences encountering and addressing advocacy and offers lessons learned. The sample issues include: unrecognized and unfilled training needs for professionals; potentially misapplied rules; inadequately defined and applied safeguards for training and competition; helping institutions and athletes both achieve important goals that might seem to conflict; and even a situation where all the psychologist’s expertise was unable to bring a wholesome resolution. , with the veiled threat of additional adverse consequences for those who speak out.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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