David Light Shields, PhD, is an affiliate associate professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and author of True Competition: A Guide to Pursuing Excellence in Sport and Society. In this second section of a two-part interview, David shares his views on competition within sport and various other environments by answering the following questions:
How may readers apply the information presented in your book?
What is an example of true competition in today’s sport world?
How does true competition apply to other aspects of society, beyond the sport environment?
Do you think elite athletes find it difficult to engage in true competition, given the immense outside pressure they receive?