Health and Elite Sport is 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 Sport is 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.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 206
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm
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