Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Research into Action: The Future of Sport Management

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Research into Action: The Future of Sport Management

Article excerpt

Research Into Action is published monthly by the society of Park and Recreation Educators, National Recreation and Park Association. As an accompaniment to "Research Update," its goal is to turn research findings into field action by highlighting management strategies. Founding editors are Dr Ruth Russell and Dr. Daniel D. McLean, Department of Recreation and Park Administration, Indiana University

Introduction

There has been tremendous growth in recreational sports over the past two decades. Yet, if this component of our field is to become a permanent societal function in the 21st century, professionals - both academicians and practitioners must assume a collaborative responsibility for quality research. This month's Research Update outlines the need and benefit of expanding a sport management research focus.

Impact of the Research

Without a strong theoretical and researched knowledge base, professionals in sport management may face decreasing financial support, an absence of professional accountability, and reduced success of their agencies.

How to Remedy This Problem

Some rather straightforward recommendations are offered:

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