Sport and Physical Education: The Key Concepts

Sport and Physical Education: The Key Concepts

Sport and Physical Education: The Key Concepts

Sport and Physical Education: The Key Concepts


An accessible and fully cross-referenced A-Z guide, this book has been written specifically for students of sport studies and physical education, introducing basic terms and concepts. Entries cover such diverse subjects as coaching, drug testing, hooliganism, cultural imperialism, economics, gay games, amateurism, extreme sports, exercise physiology and Olympism.

This revised second edition, including fully updated further reading and web references, places a greater emphasis on sports science, with new entries on subjects such as:

  • aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  • blood pressure
  • body composition
  • cardiac output
  • metabolism
  • physical capacity.

A complete guide to the disciplines, themes, topics and concerns current in contemporary sport, this book is an invaluable resource for students at every level studying Sport and Physical Education.


At the start of the 2001/2 football season in Britain, there was a mass of media comment about the amount of football that would be screened on television during the season. It was claimed that by switching between the different terrestrial, satellite and cable providers, the avid fan could watch four live games every day, amounting to over forty hours of viewing per week. A fresh deal, signed in August 2004 with Sky television, and running for three seasons, netted the Premier League £1,024 billion for their television rights. This marked a massive increase on the figure for the previous deal, signed in 1998 and worth £670 million. Football is a booming industry, the home of multi-million pound players, the subject of huge media interest and a favourite of corporate advertisers. The 2006 World Cup finals in Germany were the product of E4.6 billion worth of infrastructure investment by the state and private business. During the tournament, while the eyes of the global television audience were on Germany, some 2 million spectators and tourists visited the country, spending an estimated E600 million. The presence of the World Cup in Germany created 50,000 new jobs, half of which would be permanent and outlast the duration of the tournament. Adidas sold 15 million replica shirts around the world in the six months leading up to the finals, while flag sales across Europe increased 1000 per cent as fans displayed their colours.

As evidenced by the World Cup, the scale of sports activity across the world at the start of the twenty-first century is immense. The multi-million pound figures that are paid for television rights, and to top performers in wages and sponsorship agreements, rely on the idea that there is an insatiable appetite amongst the viewing population for sport. Modern sport emerged as part of a range of social changes that were the product of the Industrial Revolution. In the ensuing century and a half since many of the major sporting associations came into existence, the sport and leisure industry has grown to be one of the biggest in the world. In recent years the continuing speed and . . .

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