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Sport & Health

Sport & Health

Sun, 22 Oct 2017

It is a common assumption that sport is good for us and that participation in sport embodies public health benefits. With sport being increasingly used to deliver public health interventions worldwide, this book critically examines the rationale and evidence for sport as a public health policy tool. Featuring contributions from the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and Australia, it sheds new light on an emerging field of research which has significant implications for public health across the...

Sport management issues in an era of austerity

Sport management issues in an era of austerity

Thu, 21 Sep 2017

Introduction

The economic crisis that has engulfed Europe since 2008 and the impact of austerity measures on sport management, has received scant scholarly attention to date. Fiscal restraint and significant changes to public funding have meant that many European sport organisations are under increasing pressure to deliver high quality services within boundaries of limited resources and time constraints concerning the delivery of success (Kerwin, 2016 Kerwin, S. (2016). Human resource management in...

From ‘Sport for All’ to Not About ‘Sport’ at All?: Interrogating Sport Policy Interventions in the United Kingdom

From ‘Sport for All’ to Not About ‘Sport’ at All?: Interrogating Sport Policy Interventions in the United Kingdom

Thu, 21 Sep 2017

Abstract

This article provides a critical account of the ways in which the funding for, and political justifications underlying, sport policy in the United Kingdom have shifted from concerns to provide 'Sport for All' opportunities for the generality of the population, and at various times for targeted groups in particular, to a peculiarly sharp twofold focus. Namely: (i) the promotion of the 'active citizen' through social investment strategies that have children and young people as their principal...

The Olympic Games and raising sport participation: a systematic review of evidence and an interrogation of policy for a demonstration effect

The Olympic Games and raising sport participation: a systematic review of evidence and an interrogation of policy for a demonstration effect

Thu, 21 Sep 2017

Abstract

Research questions: Can a demonstration effect, whereby people are inspired by elite sport, sports people and events to actively participate themselves, be harnessed from an Olympic Games to influence sport participation? Did London 2012 sport participation legacy policy draw on evidence about a demonstration effect, and was a legacy delivered?

Research methods: A worldwide systematic review of English language evidence returned 1778 sources iteratively reduced by the author panel, on advice...