Health And Elite Sport: Is High Performance Sport A Healthy Pursuit?

Hardcover | November 5, 2014

byJoe BakerEditorParissa Safai, Jessica Fraser-thomas

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Health and Elite Sportis the first book to critically examine the relationship between participation in high performance sport and health outcomes. Drawing on theory and empirical data from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, developmental psychology, epidemiology, and physical education, the book explores the benefits and detriments of participation in elite sport for both individuals (athletes, coaches, spectators) and communities.

Written by a team of leading international sport researchers, the book examines key issues including:

  • Talent identification and young athletes
  • Abuse in sport
  • Positive youth development through sport
  • Athlete health in periods of transition
  • Health, sport and the family
  • Health in professional sport
  • The Olympics, Paralympics and public health
  • Long term effects of participation in elite sport

Highlighting the connections and contradictions between high performance sport and health, the book also discusses the clear and important implications for our socio-cultural, political and developmental understanding of sport.Health and Elite Sportis fascinating and important reading for all students and researchers with an interest in youth sport, sports development, sport policy, sports coaching, exercise and health, physical education, the sociology of sport, or the sociology of health.

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Health and Elite Sportis the first book to critically examine the relationship between participation in high performance sport and health outcomes. Drawing on theory and empirical data from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, developmental psychology, epidemiology, and physical education, the book explores the benefits and detriments of participation in elite sport for both individua...

Joe Bakeris an Associate Professor and head of the Lifespan Health and Performance Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, at York University, Canada. He has also held visiting researcher/professor positions in the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. His research considers the varying influences on optimal human development, ranging from issues affecting athlete development and skill acquisitio...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:November 5, 2014Publisher:RoutledgeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415708664

ISBN - 13:9780415708661

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