Background and activities
Niels is a postdoctoral researcher in sports science. He studies organisational culture and power relations in elite sports organisations in the UK, Norway, and Denmark.
Niels obtained his PhD from Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. In the research, he collaborated with several Olympic sports organisations, the FA, and Premier League football clubs.
- Modernising Psychology Provisions in Men's English Football Clubs is a research project aiming at outlining the context and challenges sport psychologists must work under in football academies.
- Brain on Nature aims to understand the link between nature-based activities and mental health in different settings. One example is to evaluate a 6-month Stand Up Paddleboard Intervention for people with stress, anxiety disorders and/or depression in Denmark
Communicating Science via Podcasts:
- The Sport Psych Show on culture in elitesport
- The Coaching Discourse on bullying and sport science social media
- Dansk Boldspil-Union (The Danish Football Association):
- Idrettsforskning NO
Feddersen, N. B., Morris, R., Storm, L. K., Littlewood, M. A., & Richardson, D. J. (2020). A Longitudinal Study of Power Relations in a British Olympic Sport Organization. Journal of Sport Management, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsm.2020-0119
Feddersen, N. B., Alexander, M., Keis, B., Elbe, A., Bygballe Keis, M. A., & Elbe, A. (2020). Coaches ’ perceived pitfalls in delivering psychological skills training to high-level youth athletes in fencing and football. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 1–12.
Feddersen, N. B., Morris, R., Littlewood, M. A., & Richardson, D. J. (2020). The emergence and perpetuation of a destructive culture in an elite sport in the United Kingdom. Sport in Society, 23(6), 1004–1022. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2019.1680639
Tahtinen, R., McDougall, M., Feddersen, N., Tikkanen, O., Morris, R., & Ronkainen, N. J. (2019). Me, Myself, and My Thoughts: The Influence of Brooding and Reflective Rumination on Depressive Symptoms in Athletes in the United Kingdom. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, January 2019, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2019-0039
Feddersen, N. B., Morris, R., Abrahamsen, F. E., Littlewood, M. A., & Richardson, D. J. (2020). The influence of macrocultural change on national governing bodies in British olympic sports. Sport in Society, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2020.1771306
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2021) A Qualitative Meta-Study of a Decade of the Holistic Ecological Approach to Talent Development. Scandinavian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (SJSEP). vol. 3.
- (2021) The Gradual Normalization of Behaviors Which Might Challenge Ethical and Professional Standards in Two British Elite Sports Organizations. Journal of Sport Management.
- (2021) The athlete talent development environment in the best ranked football academy in Norwegian football: The case of the U16 team in Stabæk football club. Current Issues in Sport Science. vol. 6 (008).
- (2020) A Longitudinal Study of Power Relations in a British Olympic Sport Organization. Journal of Sport Management. vol. 35 (4).
Part of book/report
- (2021) The Emergence and Perpetuation of a Destructive Culture in a British Olympic Sport. Creative Nonfiction in Sport and Exercise Research.
- (2021) Supporting athlete careers and retirement from the vantage point of smaller national governing bodies. Developing and Supporting Athlete Wellbeing: Persen first, Athlete Second.