Health and Elite Sport
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 athletesAbuse in sportPositive youth development through sportAthlete health in periods of transitionHealth, sport and the familyHealth in professional sportThe Olympics, Paralympics and public healthLong term effects of participation in elite sportHighlighting 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.
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