Sports & Recreation Books
Sports have played an important role in society. By exploring the link between sporting behaviour and the ethics of the time, this study illuminates our understanding of the social significance of sport. It explores issues such as: How the pursuit of sporting excellence can lead to harm. It is suitable for all students and scholars.
This title presents and compares the sporting experiences of women in different countries around the world. Focusing on an extensive series of national case-studies from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, and Asia, the book presents a wealth of new research data.
Explores key conceptual, methodological and practical issues related to mental toughness in sport including: what mental toughness is and is not; how to measure mental toughness in sport; how to develop mental toughness in sport; and, mental toughness in other human performance settings, from business to coping and life skills.
"this book is an essential course text for any research methods course taken as part of a degree programme in sports coaching or coach education"--
Using data obtained from participant observation and interviews, this text explores bodybuilding subculture from the perspective of the bodybuilder.
Taking a look at gender and sexuality in sport, this collection brings together perspectives from philosophy, sociology, anthropology, gender studies and sports studies. It addresses three main themes: masculinity and violence in sport, the 'feminisation' of traditionally male-dominated sports, and the performance of sexuality in sporting spaces.
The existential approach described in this text offers an alternative to the cognitive-behavioural model of applied sports psychology. Standard psychological models of athlete behaviour advocate appropriate "mental skills" training; the existential approach refers to an athlete's unique emotional world to find deeper causes of their limitation.
Presenting an examination of the social, political and economic processes shaping the Paralympic Movement, this book reviews the status of the Paralympics. It challenges the mainstream assumption that the Games are a vehicle for empowerment of the disabled community, and offers insight into the relationship between sport, the body and disability.
Global popular culture and big business have revolutionised the East in a generation. Football, sport of the masses and now commercial super power, has travelled with this tide of change in the East in its own right.
This book consists of the edited papers from the IOC Conference on Sports Nutrition, held in Lausanne in June 2003. It represents the cutting edge in international sports nutrition research and is an update on the 1991 Conference papers, published
1. Sport and Globalisation: The Issues 2. Sport, Prestige and International Relations 3. Not for the Good of the Game: Crises and Credibility in the Governance of World Football 4. Olympic Survivals: The Olympic Games as a Global Phenomenon 5. Alternative Models for the Regulation of Global Sport.
What is the nature of athletic performance? This book offers an answer to this question by considering the relationship between sport, technology and the body. It examines cultural resistance to the enhancement of athletes and explores the ways in which performance technologies complicate and confound our conception of the sporting body.
Modern techniques of sports performance analysis enable the sport scientist, coach and athlete to objectively assess, and therefore improve upon, sporting performance. This book explains how to undertake a research project in performance analysis.