An overview of the sports world documents the history, equipment, rules, and strategies for more than one hundred fifty sports, including track and field, swimming, archery, skiing, martial arts, roller hockey, and bodybuilding.
A collection of texts providing a useful resource for students in the field of sports studies. Subject headings include approaches to the study of sport, the development and structure of modern sport, sport and power relations, and major issues in contemporary sport.
A Sports Illustrated senior writer's controversial exploration of the genetic underpinnings of athletic success explores the roles of both biology and training, arguing that nature and training are equally necessary components of athletic achievement while considering such topics as race, gender and genetic testing.
A timely, unbiased look at the positive and negative effects of school-sponsored sports on the American education system. * A comprehensive introduction provides the framework for an in-depth presentation of the most frequently debated issues related to sport as an educational aspect of society * A chronology details the evolution of sport and education with topics such as the Olympic games, sport in formal educational settings, and when specific sports were established at the professional level
The use of performance-enhancing substances by athletes has a long history, predating the ancient Greek Olympiads. This report compares anti-doping policies for performance enhancing substances among the Olympic movement and three professional sports - Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the NFL.
Elliott J. Gorn and Warren Goldstein show us where our games and pastimes came from, how they developed, and what they have meant to Americans. The great heroes of baseball and football are here, as well as the dramatic moments of boxing and basketball. Beyond this, the authors show us how sports fit into the larger contours of our past. For this new edition, the authors have updated the book to include discussion of performance-enhancing drugs; player salaries, unions, and the business of internationalizing sport; Title IX and gender in American sports; race, especially the entry of Latino and Asian athletes; and the corporatization of amateur athletics. A Brief History of American Sports reveals that from colonial times to the present, sports have been central to American culture, and a profound expression of who we are.
This book looks at sport not just as recreation, but as an integral part of contemporary culture, with connections to industry, commerce and politics. It explores the history and theories of sport, and touches on more controversial issues.