What is Sport?

Author: Roland Barthes

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300116047

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 84

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In this elegant paperback gift edition, one of the major figures of 20th-century French literature and thought offers a poetic meditation on professional sport.

What Is Sport

A Controversial Essay About Why Humans Play Sports

Author: Rob Alpha

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1483555232

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 180

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Rob Alpha (B.A. Social Psychology) examines the origin of sports and subliminal drive that inhabits all humans to play and enjoy sports. We practice sports for a variety of reasons such as health, socializing, passion, performance, etc...but what are the natural and fundamental reasons why we are so passionate about sports in our society? In this book you will discover the deepest origins of our passion for sports as individuals and also why society embraces athletes and sports more than ever. Beware, this essay is thought provoking , unconventional and suited for an open mind . It is an interesting exploration in opening new avenues towards better understanding ourselves and the fundamentals of human behaviour. The author explores a controversial explanation on why humans practice sport. This book examines the origin of sports and subliminal drive that inhabits all humans to play and enjoy sports. We practice sports for a variety of reasons such as health, socializing, passion, performanceetc...but what are the natural and fundamental reasons why we are so passionate about sports in our society? In this book you will discover the deepest origins of our passion for sports as individuals and also why society embraces athletes and sports more than ever. Beware, this essay is thought provoking , unconventional and suited for an open mind . It is an interesting exploration in opening new avenues towards better understanding ourselves and the fundamentals of human behaviour. My lifelong passion for psychology, sociology, anthropology, animal and human behavior and sports has led me to think a lot about why we practice and enjoy all these sports. In this book I shall explore the underlying reasons why we experience and organize sports in certain specific ways, both as spectators and as participants. Why do sports create so much individual and collective joy? Why do we have goals, rules, balls, equipment, objects to hit? Why are victories so important? Why are fields, arenas, courts, courses, similar across different sports? Apart from the obvious reasons (health, fun, competitiveness), why do we practice sports? What makes humans want to practice sports and get better? What makes us create a sport? Why have some sports become so popular? Why are professional athletes so popular? Why is the sport business so successful? Why are many of our most vivid memories linked to great sports victories? What links sports to our unconscious mind and basic reproductive and sexual behavior? How do sports tap into our deepest sources of desire, enjoyment, loyalty, passion and love?

Sports: Why People Love Them!

Author: Tim Madigan,Tim Delaney

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761844907

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 246

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Why do billions of people around the world love sports? The popular media is increasingly dedicated to the heated rivalries of sports teams, academic institutions are held in its thrall, sports metaphors are commonplace in our language, and most individuals participate in athletics or follow a team sport in some variation. This entertaining and informative book attempts to find out why—by examining sports in all its facets. The authors provide an overview of the history of sports, with a constant focus upon the social conditions through which sport arises and by which it continues to thrive.

The Sports Gene

Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

Author: David Epstein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 161723012X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 352

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A Sports Illustrated senior writer's controversial exploration of the genetic underpinnings of athletic success explores the roles of both biology and training, arguing that nature and training are equally necessary components of athletic achievement while considering such topics as race, gender and genetic testing.

Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law?

Author: Robert C.R. Siekmann,Janwillem Soek

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9067048283

Category: Law

Page: 391

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The important theme “What is Sports Law?” was the topic of the international Conference on “The Concept of Lex Sportiva Revisited”, which took place in Jakarta in late 2010. Academics and practitioners are still in debate to agree on this concept as is evident in this book. This book not only contains the worked out contributions of this Conference, but also other related chapters on the subject. It produces a reassessment of the content of Sports Law and its terminology keeping a close eye on the current literature. The book appears in the ASSER International Sports Law Series, under the editorship of Prof. Dr. Robert Siekmann, Dr. Janwillem Soek and Marco van der Harst LL.M.

Sport is Life, Life is Sport

An Insight Into Achievement and Balance in Sport, Work and Life

Author: Paul Roos,Tami Roos

Publisher: Pan Australia

ISBN: 1405038713

Category: Australian football

Page: 240

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Paul Roos is one of the most highly respected coaches in Australian sport. Since he took on the coaching job for the Sydney Swans in 2000, his unique approach to motivation and leadership has transformed the Swans from bottom-of-the-table dwellers to two-time grand finalists and 2005 premiership winners. The "Roos factor" is widely acknowledged as the driving force behind the Swans' ongoing success.In Sport is Life, Life is Sport, Paul Roos reveals the man behind the public persona: a man deeply committed to family, to balance and to wellbeing, as well as to coaching. His wife of over 20 years, Tami Roos, joins him as they reveal the secrets and strategies behind the Roos approach to life, between them covering issues such as work/life balance, the importance of family, travel, goal-setting and prioritising, parenting, sport and health, community, spiritual well-being and, of course, coaching.Adamant that lessons learned on the field apply equally to all aspects of life, Paul and Tami are refreshingly honest and upfront as they impart their collective wisdom, earned from lives punctuated by public achievement. Paul divulges his until-now undisclosed coaching code, the "list" he made as a player, and sheds light on the leadership structure that makes the premiership-winning Sydney Swans the heart and soul of Aussie Rules in New South Wales.

Life as Sport

What Top Athletes Can Teach You about How to Win in Life

Author: Jonathan Fader

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0738218960

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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Why do sports captivate people? They allow us to watch human beings achieve peak performance, but, beyond physical strength and skill, what's really impressive is an athlete's mental prowess—their will to succeed, engagement with their environment, and self-confidence. In Life as Sport, sport psychologist Dr. Jonathan Fader shares the skills that he teaches professional athletes—to enhance motivation, set productive goals, sharpen routines, manage stress, and clarify thought processes—and applies them to real-world situations. Dr. Fader’s book is the product of thousands of hours of conversations with athletes from various teams and sports: power forwards, tennis phenoms, power-hitting outfielders, and battle-scarred linebackers, as well as hedge-fund managers, entrepreneurs, A-list actors, and dozens of other elite achievers in sports, business, and performing arts. It offers a compendium of stories, theories, and techniques that have been helpful to players, coaches, and executives in professional sports. What emerges is more than just a set of techniques, but a life philosophy that anyone can live by: an internal code to help translate our talent and drive toward the highest plateaus of performance. Dr. Fader designs his strategies to be studied, learned, practiced, and improved. He offers his readers the same exercises that he uses in every session with a professional athlete. These exercises help you to get truly engaged, whether you are designing a new business plan, working to inspire a team or individual, or even falling in love. This is what it means to truly live life as sport—to approach it with the same immediacy, wonder, and engagement that athletes feel at their peak during a game. Life as Sport helps you to pursue your own goals with an enriched intensity—not only because it creates new potential, but also because it helps you unlock what was always there to begin with.

Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law?

Author: Robert C.R. Siekmann,Janwillem Soek

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9067048291

Category: Law

Page: 391

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The important theme “What is Sports Law?” was the topic of the international Conference on “The Concept of Lex Sportiva Revisited”, which took place in Jakarta in late 2010. Academics and practitioners are still in debate to agree on this concept as is evident in this book. This book not only contains the worked out contributions of this Conference, but also other related chapters on the subject. It produces a reassessment of the content of Sports Law and its terminology keeping a close eye on the current literature. The book appears in the ASSER International Sports Law Series, under the editorship of Prof. Dr. Robert Siekmann, Dr. Janwillem Soek and Marco van der Harst LL.M.

Social Issues in Sport-3rd Edition

Author: Woods, Ron

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1450495206

Category: Education

Page: 536

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Social Issues in Sport, Third Edition, explores common questions and issues about sport and its relation to society through various sociological and cultural lenses. The text is grounded in practical application and provides social theories through which students may examine real-world issues.

Sport as a Business

International, Professional and Commercial Aspects

Author: H. Dolles,S. Söderman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230306632

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 263

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Sport has a number of distinctive characteristics whichimpact onthe extent of its globalization. This book seeks to gain a deeper understanding of the unique development in sports, its governance, its logic of co-creation of value and the advancement of the industry towards internationalisation, professionalization and commercialization

The Secret Lives of Sports Fans

Author: Eric Simons

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co

ISBN: 0715646850

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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What is happening to our brains when we watch an exhilarating match? Why are fans so loyal to their team? Journalist Eric Simons explores the psychology behind the love of the game. Attending neuroscience conferences, talking to psychologists, scientists and fans, he sets out to discover what it is that makes sport so strangely compelling.

The Regulation of Sport in the European Union

Author: Barbara Bogusz,Adam Jan Cygan,Erika M. Szyszczak

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1847208568

Category: Law

Page: 250

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Globalization not only means fans watching distant contests and leagues exporting their products elsewhere; it also means the ability of knowledgeable academics and policy-oriented fans to learn about how others confront similar challenges. North Americans who realize on reflection that the way we do things is not necessarily natural or the only way will enjoy and profit from the insightful comparative essays in this book. The so-called European Model of Sport is quite different than our own. There are significant parallels between the European effort to distinguish sport and commerce and our own efforts in regard to big-time collegiate sports. The unusual (for North American fans of typical sports leagues) issues with regard to auto racing are quite instructive. A truly horizon-expanding work. Stephen F. Ross, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy and Research, US The purpose of this book is to examine, from an EU perspective, the numerous developments which have taken place in the regulation of sporting activity in the last decade. Uniquely, in addressing these developments, the book adopts an inter-disciplinary approach, involving law, economics and sociology. The chapters place the regulation of sport in the context of the EU regulatory structure which hitherto has emerged in a piece-meal fashion and thus warrants a more holistic approach. The chapters bring together several key themes which arise from the question of whether sport is special? This addresses a growing argument that sporting activity displays unique properties which require a distinct form of regulation that existing competition or free movement rules cannot provide. The book is divided into three parts which reflect the current policy, legislative and judicial discourses that exists in the regulation of sport. The Regulation of Sport in the European Union provides both an academic and practical review of EU law and policy as applied to sport, and as such, this comprehensive overview will be of great interest to EU law academics, economists and political scientists. It will also appeal to legal practitioners and to those with an interest in regulatory processes in the EU.

SportsVision

Training for Better Performance

Author: Thomas A. Wilson,Jeff Falkel

Publisher: Human Kinetics 1

ISBN: 9780736045698

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 173

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If you are looking for an innovative way to improve athletic performance on the court or field, vision training may be the answer. SportsVision: Training for Better Performanceintroduces a dynamic program to teach athletes to see the ball, the field, teammates, and opposition better, giving them the ability to perform better. The cutting-edge book provides coaches, athletes, sports medicine professionals, and parents with more than 50 sports vision training exercises and activities. Based on proven training techniques shown to deliver solid results, the exercises are sport specific and easy to use at home, on the field, or in the weight room. Perforated charts and forms are available for easy reference. Visual needs and training exercises are provided for 17 different sports. In the past, sports vision training has been done primarily in clinical settings. This is the only book of its kind that takes sports vision out of the lab and onto the field, sport by sport. It challenges you to reach the next level of performance. Included are instructions for creating your own training equipment so that you can implement vision training inexpensively, anywhere and anytime, using ordinary materials available at any discount store. SportsVision: Training for Better Performancecontains the following features: -Detailed visual exercises and more than 40 photos -Numerous eye charts and activity plots that enable you to test vision and -Step-by-step exercises that make designing your own training programs easyIf you are a coach, athlete, athletic trainer, or parent, SportsVision: Training for Better Performancecan improve athletic performance, no matter what sport you're involved in.

Sports Discourse

Author: Tony Schirato

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441173366

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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This book both defines sports discourse, and provides an account of the different discourses that are utilized and come into play when the field of sport speaks. It shows how the sports communities have been addressed over time by various speakers, across various multimodal genres. Tony Schirato looks first at how discourse can be viewed as a form of work, something that produces and naturalizes meanings, and habituates the way we see the world. Grounding this exploration is an account of the development of the field of sport as a specific discursive regime, one that is both reflected and refracted by the dominant discourses and values of the time. These discourses have become naturalized and shape activities and materialities at local and global levels. The book ends with an examination of how new technologies and the Web are changing sports discourse, in some cases radically via online commentary, Twitter and user-generated content.

Sport and Film

Author: Seán Crosson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113516746X

Category: ART

Page: 216

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The sports film has become one of commercial cinema's most recognizable genres. From classic boxing films such as Raging Bull (1980) to soccer-themed box-office successes like Bend it Like Beckham (2002), the sports film stands at the interface of two of our most important cultural forms. This book examines the social, historical and ideological significance of representations of sport in film internationally, an essential guide for all students and enthusiasts of sport, film, media and culture. Sport and Film traces the history of the sports film, from the beginnings of cinema in the 1890s, its consolidation as a distinct fiction genre in the mid 1920s in Hollywood films such as Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman (1925), to its contemporary manifestation in Oscar-winning films such as Million Dollar Baby (2004) and The Fighter (2010). Drawing on an extensive range of films as source material, the book explores key issues in the study of sport, film and wider society, including race, social class, gender and the legacy of 9/11. It also offers an invaluable guide to 'reading' a film, to help students fully engage with their source material. Comprehensive, authoritative and accessible, this book is an important addition to the literature in both film and media studies, sport studies and cultural studies more generally.

Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise

Author: Joseph Baker,Damian Farrow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317691172

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 480

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Understanding and developing expertise is an important concern for any researcher or practitioner working in elite or high performance sport. Whether it's identifying talented young athletes or developing methods for integrating cutting-edge sport science into daily coaching practice, scientists, coaches and researchers all need to understand the skills, characteristics, and knowledge that distinguish the expert performer in sport. The Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of current research and practice in the emerging field of sports expertise. Adopting a multi-disciplinary, multi-faceted approach, the book offers in-depth discussion of methodological and philosophical issues in sport expertise, as well as the characteristics that describe sporting ‘experts’ and how they can be facilitated and developed. Exploring research, theory and practice, the book also examines how scientists and practitioners can work together to improve the delivery of applied sport science. With contributions from many of the world’s leading researchers in expertise and skill acquisition in sport, the Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise is important reading for any advanced student, researcher, coach or sport science support officer looking to better understand this cutting-edge topic.

Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport

Critical Perspectives on Research Methods

Author: Mike McNamee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134421435

Category: Medical

Page: 256

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Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport is a unique interdisciplinary study that calls on researchers in these disciplines to reflect more critically on the nature and aims of scientific enquiry. In doing so, the book questions the underlying assumptions and development of science itself. Written by a range of internationally respected philosophers, scientists and social scientists, each chapter addresses a key issue in research methodology. Questions asked by the authors include: Do natural and social scientists need to understand the philosophy of science? Are statistics misused in sport and exercise science research? Is sport science research gender-biased? How do external and commercial interests skew professional guidelines in health and sport reserach? Should scientists focus their attention on confirmation of theories, or on attempts to falsify them? Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport serves notice to exercise, health and sport researchers to think more philosophically about their subject and its scientific bases. It is essential reading for postgraduate researchers seeking to establish a sound theoretical foundation for their work.

Knowing the Score

What Sports Can Teach Us About Philosophy (And What Philosophy Can Teach Us About Sports)

Author: David Papineau

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465094945

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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In Knowing the Score, philosopher David Papineau uses sports to illuminate some of modern philosophy's most perplexing questions. As Papineau demonstrates, the study of sports clarifies, challenges, and sometimes confuses crucial issues in philosophy. The tactics of road bicycle racing shed new light on questions of altruism, while sporting family dynasties reorient the nature v. nurture debate. Why do sports competitors choke? Why do fans think God will favor their team over their rivals? How can it be moral to deceive the umpire by framing a pitch? From all of these questions, and many more, philosophy has a great deal to learn. An entertaining and erudite book that ranges far and wide through the sporting world, Knowing the Score is perfect reading for armchair philosophers and Monday morning quarterbacks alike.

Sport Psychology

Author: Matt Jarvis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113462493X

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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Sport Psychology is an introductory account of the major psychological issues in sport today. Major theories and up-to-date research are covered in the areas of personality, attitudes to sport, aggression in sport, anxiety and stress, social influences, motivation, and skill acquisition. A wide variety of sporting examples are used, ranging from football to ballet.