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Sport Studies

  • Barbara Bell - Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire)


April 2009 | 200 pages | Learning Matters

"A comprehensive, useful and informative practical book that draws from a range of disciplines. In particular, the learning activities provides some useful group and reflective discussions."
- Heather Allison, London Metropolitan University

"This book supports our year undergraduate students. The case studies and links with UK programmes provides relevant information to discuss and investigate. Easily accessible."
- Emerick Kaitell, Roehampton University

This is an accessible and comprehensive introductory textbook for students on sport studies courses. It brings together perspectives drawn from a range of disciplines, especially sociology, history and philosophy, with detailed information on the key political, legal, economic and vocational issues relating to sport.

Written specifically for students based in the UK, the text examines the full range of topics relevant to sport studies and is fully supported with learning activities, suggestions for further study, and guidance on how to progress and succeed in the subject.
 
Introduction: on the blocks and ready to go?
 
Part 1: Core theories and essential perspectives on the study of sport
 
An historical perspective of sport
 
Sociological perspectives of sport
 
Philosophy and ethics in sport
 
Part 2: Contemporary sport: the significance of sport in the UK and key players in the sector
 
Who runs sport? The political and legal framework for sport in the UK
 
'Show me the money': sport and business in the UK
 
Part 3: Skills, knowledge and careers in sport studies
 
Personal development: essential skills in studying sport
 
Balancing work and play: enhancing personal skills through sport studies
 
Where to now? After graduation in Sport Studies
 
Index

Here, the author admirably, creatively, and generously shares her knowledge and tips... Exemplary, also, are the discussions about how to link knowledge in sport to a kind of employability. This discussion is motivated by thoughts that most students ponder concerning how to get a job in their field of study.

Owe Stråhlman
Dpt. of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg

Great book that covers all aspects of sports studies.

Mrs Jaime Guinan
School of Sport & Exercise Science, Worcester University
January 3, 2016

This is a useful resource for students studying sport and politics as well as those studying sport and business. I have advised students to get copies of this book for their preparation and reading.

Mr Andy Sprake
School of Sport,Tourism and Outdoors, University of Central Lancashire
August 21, 2015

Very good book to read as an introduction to the underpinning of sports science. Part 2 is an interesting read around the political and economic aspects of sport policy and structure. Part 3 is excellent for those still unsure of how to use their new skills and qualification

Mr Phil Waring
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
August 4, 2014

A very good text containing excellent detail over a variety of social concepts. Particular areas highly related to my students work are the impact of media on sports participation in certain groups including women, ethnic minorities and social class. There are lots of issues highlighted for debate and discussion on ethics, fairplay and its relevence in modern day sport and the Paralympics debate on integration and segregation of athletes. This text highlights many social issues affecting sport globally and in the UK and offers students routes and segways in which to take their own independent studies and ideas. There is also a very useful section about personal study, advice on study projects, types of assessments students can undertake, action planning and producing PDP's.

Mr James Morris
PE and Sport, New College Pontefract
July 4, 2014

A comprehensive useful and informative practical book that draws from a range of disciplines. In particular, the learning activities provides some useful group and reflective discussions.

Ms Heather Allison
Department of Education (North Campus), London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
January 3, 2013

As the text is divided usefully into sections this helps the reader cover the range of key issues related to the study of sport.

Dr Andrew Balsdon
Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure, Canterbury Christ Church University
November 10, 2012

A good introduction to the multidisciplinary field of sports studies.

Mrs Alison Cain
Sport, Health and Exercise, Hertfordshire University
November 8, 2012

A suitable read for level 3 students with great discussion topics that can be developed for future lesson plans or informal classroom discussions.

Information can be crossed reference for a range of BTEC units and students have refered to sections of the book, particularly the range of case studies that provide great examples for students to understand the theoretical information.

A popular book in research activities.

Miss Gemma Hallett
AACTS, Ystrad Mynach College
October 18, 2012

This book supports our year undergraduate students. The case studies and links with UK programmes provides relevant information to discuss and investigate. Easily accessible text.

Emerick Kaitell
School of Education (Froebel), Roehampton University
July 10, 2012

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ISBN: 9781844451869
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