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

View: 5223


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.

Sports: Why People Love Them!

Author: Tim Madigan,Tim Delaney

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761844907

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 246

View: 3906


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.

Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law?

Author: Robert C.R. Siekmann,Janwillem Soek

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9067048291

Category: Law

Page: 391

View: 8617


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.

Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport

Author: Mike McNamee,William J. Morgan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134119143

Category: Philosophy

Page: 460

View: 8202


The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport is a landmark publication in sport studies. It goes further than any book has before in tracing the contours of the discipline of the philosophy of sport and in surveying the core themes, approaches and theories that form its disciplinary fabric. The book explores the ways in which an understanding of philosophy can inform our understanding of important prevailing issues in sport. Edited by two of the most significant figures in the development of the philosophy of sport, Mike McNamee and Bill Morgan, and with contributions from many of the world’s leading sport philosophers, this is an invaluable companion reference volume for any course in the social scientific study of sport, and an essential addition to the bookshelf of any serious scholar of the philosophy and/or ethics of sport.

Sport in the Classroom

Teaching Sport-related Courses in the Humanities

Author: David L. Vanderwerken

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838633540

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

View: 9645


A collection of essays that focuses on teaching sport-related classes in the humanities and social sciences. It is designed to aid university faculty in proposing or revising courses and features sample syllabi, assignment instructions, and examinations in the appendix to each essay.

Sport Psychology

Author: Matt Jarvis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113462493X

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

View: 2373


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.

Playing Games

An introduction to the philosophy of sport through dialogue

Author: Randolph Feezell

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317423208

Category: Philosophy

Page: 212

View: 8775


What is sport? Why does sport matter? How can we use philosophy to understand what sport means today? This engaging and highly original introduction to the philosophy of sport uses dialogue – a form of philosophical investigation – to address the fundamental questions in sport studies and to explore key contemporary issues such as fair play, gender, drug use, cheating, entertainment and identity. Providing a clear, informative and accessible introduction to the philosophy of sport, every chapter includes current sporting examples as well as review questions and guides to further reading. The dialogue form enables students to engage in debate and raise questions, while encouraging them to think from the perspectives of athlete, coach, spectator and philosopher. The issues raised present real and complex ethical dilemmas that relate to a variety of sports from around the world such as soccer, athletics, baseball, basketball, hockey and tennis. No other book brings this rich subject to life through the use of dialogue, making this an indispensable companion to any course on the philosophy or ethics of sport.

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

View: 882


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.

BTEC Introduction Sport and Leisure

Author: Ray Barker,Bob Harris,Louise C. Sutton

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435460006

Category: Leisure

Page: 248

View: 6699


A full colour textbook for the Introductory Certificate and Diploma in Sport and Leisure. It covers all the units of the qualification, providing comprehensive coverage for students - whatever options they choose. It contains differentiated assessment activities, enabling students to work at their own level.

Physiotherapy a Psychosocial Approach

Author: Sally French

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

ISBN: 1483142051

Category: Medical

Page: 428

View: 5693


Physiotherapy: A Psychosocial Approach provides a variety of topics in the fields of sociology and psychology. This book examines the changing role of physiotherapists as their work shifts from hospital to community settings and as more work with patients and clients who have learning difficulties or are mentally ill. Organized into 28 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the concepts of complex social prevention in place of medical prevention. This text then the social disadvantages and stress that women experience in terms of low status, low paid employment and their additional responsibilities of childcare and housework, which may also help to explain their high incidence of mental illness. Other chapters consider the marked regional variations in the incidence of disease. The final chapter deals with the sociological and psychological issues of disabled people. This book is a valuable resource for physiotherapy students, sociologists, social psychologists, and practicing physiotherapists.


A Very Short Introduction

Author: Mike Cronin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199688346

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 4587


Sport is big business; international in nature and the focus of much media and cultural attention. In this Very Short Introduction, Mike Cronin charts the history of sport, from its traditional origins in folk football and cock fighting to its position as a global phenomenon today. Looking at a variety of sports from team games such as rugby, cricket, and football to games for individuals such as golf, tennis, and skiing, he considers how these first emerged and captivated the interest of ordinary people, and how sport has been transformed within our daily lives. Exploring the relationship between sport and class, gender, commerce, identity, and ethics, Cronin considers some of the central issues in sport today, including the high pay of professional footballers and the glamour of women in sports, as well as fair play standards. Charting sport through the ages and around the world, this is a short guide to the history, development, and place of sport in contemporary global society. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Planet Sport

Author: Kath Woodward

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136646582

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 112

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Sport generates some of the most intense feelings and levels of commitment. It is big business globally, but also the source of the most powerful personal identifications and individual and collective pleasures. Sporting events are routine and embodied, whether in the gym, on the field or at the training ground, and they are also spectacular, for example in mega events at the stadium or, for followers at a distance, through the media of television, radio and the Internet. Large numbers of people are caught up in personal and collective investment and public engagement with sport. Why does it matter so much? In this book, Woodward demonstrates why sport matters and how, arguing that we should take sport seriously, and explore what is social about it. Sport is not just another domain to which social theories can be applied; it is also distinctive and generates new ways of thinking about social issues and debates. Sport is affected by the global economy and social, political and cultural processes – but it also shapes the wider social terrain of which it is part. Sport reproduces inequalities as well as offering opportunities. It is not always a level playing field. Sport is more than play. Planet Sport is an engaging and concise introduction to some of the big issues in contemporary debates about sport in globalised societies, and will appeal to students, academics and general readers alike.

Social Issues in Sport-3rd Edition

Author: Woods, Ron

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1450495206

Category: Education

Page: 536

View: 5144


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.

Essays on Sport History and Sport Mythology

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890964545

Category: History

Page: 154

View: 8921


Sport has always been a legitimate focus for human energy, and in the last fifteen years it has emerged as a legitimate focus for scholarly energy as well. In this interdisciplinary overview of the study of sport, sociology, intellectual history, psychology, anthropology, and literature are brought to bear in seeking new understanding of the role and significance of sport in society. Some of the conclusions will be controversial or even disturbing, and the breadth of the volume clearly demonstrates that sport history is not merely a hobby. As Jack W. Berryman notes in the introduction to the volume: “Each essay, in some distinctive manner, confronts the problem of general preconceptions and misconceptions in the study of sport history. The authors ask fundamental questions: what is sport, what is its significance over time, and how can sport be studied effectively?” Donald G. Kyle opens the questions with an examination of the myth of the decline of ancient Greek sport. Stephen Hardy proposes a new model for the interpretation of both early and modern sport. Steven A. Riess questions the historicity of the myth of social mobility through sport in America. Richard D. Mandell explains the history of theoretically profound and earnest modern criticism of sport. Allen Guttmann demythologizes the relationship between erotic impulses and sport. This serious and timely study of sport aids in the reevaluation of many popular beliefs and traditional scholarly interpretations concerning sport in various ages and cultures. It offers much of value to all those interested in contemplating the nature and history of the phenomenon of sport.

Tourist Experience

Contemporary Perspectives

Author: Richard Sharpley,Philip R. Stone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135146705

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 2118


Tourist Experience provides a focused analysis into tourist experiences that reflect their ever-increasing diversity and complexity and their significance and meaning to tourists themselves. Written by leading international scholars, it offers new insights into emergent behaviours, motivations and sought meanings on the part of tourists based on five contemporary themes determined by current research activity in tourism experience: dark tourism experiences, experiencing poor places, sport tourism experiences, writing the tourist experience, and researching tourist experiences: methodological approaches. The book critically explores these experiences from multidisciplinary perspectives and includes case studies from a wide range of geographical regions. By analyzing these contemporary tourist experiences, the book will provide further understanding of the consumption of tourism.

Sport Psychological Interventions in Competitive Sports

Author: Jürgen Beckmann,Anne-Marie Elbe

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443875902

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 6663


Sport psychological training, an important part of athletes’ preparation, can give them the final edge in competition. This book provides a systematic structure for conducting sport psychological interventions that can be followed not only by sport psychologists, but also by athletes and coaches. The authors describe sport psychological measures that are based on scientific knowledge and have proven to be valuable in their applied work. The book is divided into two main parts. Part 1 presents the basic structure for sport psychological interventions and Part 2 focuses on concrete interventions and training measures. Part 1 further addresses the importance of personality factors for sports performance, illustrates how an athlete’s personality development can be enhanced, gives basic knowledge about diagnostic tools, and discusses talent selection. The second part of the book describes basic training, which focuses mainly on relaxation techniques, as well as skills training, essential for the stabilisation of athletic performance. Maintaining a balanced recovery-stress state is particularly important for the avoidance of overtraining. The book illustrates how athletes’ stress and recovery levels can be monitored in order to prevent overtraining. Part 2 further addresses how critical situations in an athlete’s career (including, for example, conflicts, career termination, and injuries) are to be handled, presenting various impact interventions, including clinical hypnosis. The final chapter of the book presents a mental toolbox, giving the practitioner an overview that will help to quickly identify a problem, its possible causes, and solutions.

Sports Around the World

History, Culture, and Practice

Author: John Nauright,Charles Parrish

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598843001

Category: Social Science

Page: 1848

View: 1291


This multivolume set is much more than a collection of essays on sports and sporting cultures from around the world: it also details how and why sports are played wherever they exist, and examines key charismatic athletes from around the world who have transcended their sports. * Nearly 900 entries cover most aspects of sport from around the world * Contributions from more than 200 distinguished scholars, such as Mark Dyreson, Henning Eichberg, Malcolm MacLean, S.W. Pope, and Rob Ruck * Entries on players, stadiums, arenas, famous games and matches, major scandals, and disasters * Lists of Olympic medalists for all events since 1896 as well as lists of winners of major events such as the FIFA World Cup and MLB World Series * Further reading selections provide direction for in-depth analysis of each event, sport, personality, or issue discussed