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Sociology of Sport in Changing Times: ISSA and EASS Congress

Sep 4, 2022

Coach Airnel Abarra in sociology of sport conference to discuss paper on the coaching of bodybuilding fitness.

Coach Airnel Abarra, a PhD candidate in Sport Science at the Hungarian University of Sport Science and also  Adrenaline Solutions’ Director of Sport Research, presented his paper entitled, “Dynamics of Coaching of Bodybuilding Fitness in an Online Environment: An Ethnographic Approach”, at the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) and European Association for Sociology of Sport (EASS) Congress at the University of Tübingen, Germany on June 7-10, 2022. The conference is one of the biggest events for sport sociologists with more than 150 participants from different countries. 

Coach Airnel discussed his work in progress on ethnographic research on female bodybuilders, which is part of his dissertation. He highlighted the importance of athletes’ coaching influences for their development and the changing contexts in virtual learning experiences. The pandemic changed some of the dynamics in the coaching of athletes, especially in physique and fitness sports, and the importance of building relationship with the coach and the athlete.

In his study, Coach Airnel also provided context on why athletes choose their coaches. They choose not based on their skills alone but on their personal values and philosophies. This simply means that even with the advent of the social media era, coach and athlete relationships are shaped by total commitment to sport which demands total attention to detail such as bodybuilding and fitness. 

As Director of Sport Research, Coach Airnel hopes that his research will help Adrenaline Solutions spearhead more initiatives in coaching education research. He wants to spread sport research from academe by providing practical methods for sports organizations.