Title

The fallacy of amelioration: Thinking through Knowledge Translation in sport and exercise medicine

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Translational Sports Medicine

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Ltd

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

28465

Comments

Originally published as: Bekker, S., Paliadelis, P., & Finch, C. F. (2018). The fallacy of amelioration: Thinking through Knowledge Translation in sport and exercise medicine. Translational Sports Medicine, 1(4), 166-171. Original publication available here

Abstract

Knowledge Translation, as a component of implementation science, has seen extensive popularization in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) over recent years. However, in seeking better and more influential outcomes, much of SEM appears to be following Knowledge Translation fashion and fad, over ensuring function and form. This has meant that key concepts in Knowledge Translation have been conflated, the work oversimplified, and potential outcomes overhyped. In this manuscript, Knowledge Translation is, first, defined as a process. Next, we show how oversimplified versions of Knowledge Translation rely on the “fallacy of amelioration,” with problematic consequences and unintended outcomes. Finally, we move to rethinking Knowledge Translation in SEM by showing how the field can move forward through embracing Knowledge Translation as a complex process to maximize the influence and impact of its work.

DOI

10.1002/tsm2.31

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