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Dr Chris Platts

Course Leader in Sport Coaching


Summary

Before undertaking my doctoral study, I completed an MSc in the Sociology of Sport and a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, both at the University of Chester. My main research interests centre on elite athlete welfare, particularly in professional football. 

About

Before undertaking my doctoral study, I completed an MSc in the Sociology of Sport and a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, both at the University of Chester.

Teaching

Health And Wellbeing

Although I have researched a number of areas, such as school sport, sport policy and pain and injury in sport, the majority of my work over the past few years has been concerned with professional football. During my masters this related to the growing financial inequalities between groups of football clubs, however, more recently, my work has centred upon the effectiveness of education and welfare policies being implemented in professional football academies and centres of excellence. In this regard, the majority of my research now centres on athlete welfare, including verbal and physical abuse, pain and injury and other welfare issues at the elite level of professional sport.

BSc Sport Development with Coaching

BSc Sport Business Management

Research in Sport Development and Coaching (Module Leader)
Dissertation (Module Leader)
Contemporary Issues in Sport (Module Leader)
Sport and Society


Management of Sport in Society (Module Leader)
Research in Sport Business Management (Module Leader)

Publications

Platts, C., & Smith, A. (2009). The education, rights and welfare of young people in professional football in England: some implications of the White Paper on Sport. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 1 (3), 323-339. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940903265590

Smith, A., & Platts, C. (2008). The Independent European Sport Review : some policy issues and likely outcomes. Sport in Society, 11 (5), 583-597. http://doi.org/10.1080/17430430802196637

Book chapters

Platts, C. (2018). Including the excluded: community cohesion through sport and physical activity. In Platts, C., & Wilson, R. (Eds.) Managing and developing community sport. (pp. 67-80). London: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Managing-and-Developing-Community-Sport/Wilson-Platts/p/book/9781138674332

Platts, C., & Smith, A. (2017). Outsiders on the inside : focus group research with elite youth footballers. In Barbour, R.S., & Morgan, D.L. (Eds.) A New Era in Focus Group Research : Challenges, Innovation and Practice. (pp. 17-34). London: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58614-8_2

Platts, C., & Smith, A. (2016). Health, well-Being and the ‘logic’ of elite youth sports work. In Green, K., & Smith, A. (Eds.) Routledge handbook of youth sport. (pp. 492-504). Abingdon: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Youth-Sport/Green-Smith/p/book/9780815357391

Books

Platts, C., & Wilson, R. (Eds.). (2018). Managing and Developing Community Sport. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Managing-and-Developing-Community-Sport/Wilson-Platts/p/book/9781138674332

Platts, C., & Wilson, R. (Eds.). (2018). Managing and Developing Community Sport. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Managing-and-Developing-Community-Sport/Wilson-Platts/p/book/9781138674332

Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (2018). Preface.

Theses / Dissertations

Platts, C. (2012). Education and welfare in professional football academies and centres of excellence: A sociological study. (Doctoral thesis).

Other activities

External Examiner at the University of Salford and Staffordshire University 

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising a project into Primary School Physical Education and, in particular, the ways in which this is managed in different schools. 

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