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Material Matters Graduate Discussion Group

Tuesday, March 10, 1:30 PM, Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library

Sport and the Politics of Modern Sleep - by Sarah Barnes, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Sleep is subject to intense scientific scrutiny and has become a significant site of personal and social investment. Sleep is increasingly recognised as a key aspect in the production of successful sporting bodies. But, sleep has not always been so noticed or so attended to in sport. Why now? And, how is that scientific understandings of sleep have gained such great purchase within sporting circles as of late? High performance sport helps to make sleep science appear as successful, promising, and worthwhile. I develop a case study based on a Canadian sleep science company that provides ‘fatigue management solutions’ to 25 of the top sport organisations in North America, as well as the U.S. Air Force and global mining companies such as Rio Tinto. Findings will be linked to projects of gender and social justice.

 

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