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Sports & outdoor recreation

See below for a selection of the latest books from Sports & outdoor recreation category. Presented with a red border are the Sports & outdoor recreation books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Sports & outdoor recreation books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Testing and Evaluation of Strength and Power

Testing and Evaluation of Strength and Power

Author: Mike (Auckland University of Technology, NZL) McGuigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2019

Strength and Power are recognised as key components of human health and performance. Therefore, it is vital for Exercise Scientists and Strength and Conditioning practitioners to be able to assess these qualities effectively. Testing methods of these components are often presented as standalone chapters in textbooks which provides the reader with an overview of these aspects. Testing and Evaluation of Strength and Power provides a detailed explanation of testing and evaluation methods for strength and power. The book considers the relationship between the methods of assessment, research on the various approaches to evaluation and how practitioners and researchers can use the information in applied settings. The book provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of methods of strength and power assessment protocols and how they can be used to inform programming. This integrated approach to assessment of strength and power is recommended reading for students on strength and conditioning course and of vital reading to those on specialised courses on strength and power as well as coaches in the fitness testing and strength and conditioning disciplines

Testing and Evaluation of Strength and Power

Testing and Evaluation of Strength and Power

Author: Mike (Auckland University of Technology, NZL) McGuigan Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/12/2019

Strength and Power are recognised as key components of human health and performance. Therefore, it is vital for Exercise Scientists and Strength and Conditioning practitioners to be able to assess these qualities effectively. Testing methods of these components are often presented as standalone chapters in textbooks which provides the reader with an overview of these aspects. Testing and Evaluation of Strength and Power provides a detailed explanation of testing and evaluation methods for strength and power. The book considers the relationship between the methods of assessment, research on the various approaches to evaluation and how practitioners and researchers can use the information in applied settings. The book provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of methods of strength and power assessment protocols and how they can be used to inform programming. This integrated approach to assessment of strength and power is recommended reading for students on strength and conditioning course and of vital reading to those on specialised courses on strength and power as well as coaches in the fitness testing and strength and conditioning disciplines

Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance

Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance

Author: Tracey D Matthews, Kimberly T Kostelis Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/12/2019

Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance, 2nd edition shows students how to become effective producers and consumers of health and human performance research. Like the first edition, this edition provides comprehensive coverage of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and includes step-by-step guidance for writing effective research proposals and theses. In addition, the authors show how to read, assess, interpret, and apply published research and how to conduct basic studies in health, physical education, exercise science, athletic training, and recreation. In this edition, the authors have also expanded areas of research design to include the PICO (patient problem or population, intervention, comparison, and outcomes) technique. Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance, 2nd edition is filled with more up-to-date illustrative examples that emphasize the real-world applications of research methods. Throughout, the authors draw on a variety of examples that were selected because they provide a context to further the understanding of health and human performance research. Research to Practice examples and Tips are included by the authors to help students better appreciate the book's content. Additionally, new to this edition, is pulse check, which provides in-class exercises for students to engage in critical thinking in all things research. These study aids provide suggestions and additional resources to assist students in understanding the research process. Key Terms, defined and highlighted, enrich each chapter. Chapter Review Questions, designed to help students comprehend and follow best practices in research methods, close each chapter. Online resources and guides developed by the authors to support and enhance students' learning of important research concepts are available.

Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance

Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance

Author: Tracey D Matthews, Kimberly T Kostelis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2019

Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance, 2nd edition shows students how to become effective producers and consumers of health and human performance research. Like the first edition, this edition provides comprehensive coverage of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and includes step-by-step guidance for writing effective research proposals and theses. In addition, the authors show how to read, assess, interpret, and apply published research and how to conduct basic studies in health, physical education, exercise science, athletic training, and recreation. In this edition, the authors have also expanded areas of research design to include the PICO (patient problem or population, intervention, comparison, and outcomes) technique. Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance, 2nd edition is filled with more up-to-date illustrative examples that emphasize the real-world applications of research methods. Throughout, the authors draw on a variety of examples that were selected because they provide a context to further the understanding of health and human performance research. Research to Practice examples and Tips are included by the authors to help students better appreciate the book's content. Additionally, new to this edition, is pulse check, which provides in-class exercises for students to engage in critical thinking in all things research. These study aids provide suggestions and additional resources to assist students in understanding the research process. Key Terms, defined and highlighted, enrich each chapter. Chapter Review Questions, designed to help students comprehend and follow best practices in research methods, close each chapter. Online resources and guides developed by the authors to support and enhance students' learning of important research concepts are available.

The Myths About Nutrition Science

The Myths About Nutrition Science

Author: David (Bakersfield College, USA) Lightsey Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/12/2019

Many nutrition science and food production myths and misconceptions dominate the health and fitness field, and many athletes and active consumers unknowingly embrace a myriad of what can be deemed `junk-science', which has now infiltrated many related science fields. Consumers simply have no reliable source to help them navigate through all the hype and fabrication, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation. The aim of The Myths About Nutrition Science is then, to address the quagmire of misinformation which is so pervasive in this area. This will enable the reader to make more objective, science-based lifestyle choices as well as physical training or developmental decisions. The book also enables the reader to develop the necessary critical thinking skills to better evaluate the reliability of the purported science as reported in the media, and health related magazines, or publications. The Myths About Nutrition Science provides an authoritative, yet readily understandable, overview of the common misunderstandings that are commonplace within consumer or athletic communities regarding the food production process and nutrition science, which may affect their physical development, performance, and long-term health

Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

The internet and digital technologies have transformed sport and the way that we research sport, opening up new ways to analyse sport organisations, fan communities, networks, athletes, the media and other key stakeholders in the field. This engaging and innovative book offers a complete introduction to online research methods in sport studies, guiding the reader through the entire research process and bringing that process to life with sport-related cases and examples. Covering both qualitative and quantitative methods, the book introduces key topics such as generating a research idea, implementing the research design, maintaining good ethical standards, and collecting, analysing and presenting data. It explains how to conduct online surveys, online interviews and online ethnography in practice, and every chapter contains individual and group activities to encourage the reader to engage with real online research, as well as further reading suggestions to help them develop their knowledge. Online Research Methods in Sport Studies is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and researchers with an interest in sport studies, and is a useful reference for practitioners working in sport or sport media who want to improve their professional research skills.

Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

The internet and digital technologies have transformed sport and the way that we research sport, opening up new ways to analyse sport organisations, fan communities, networks, athletes, the media and other key stakeholders in the field. This engaging and innovative book offers a complete introduction to online research methods in sport studies, guiding the reader through the entire research process and bringing that process to life with sport-related cases and examples. Covering both qualitative and quantitative methods, the book introduces key topics such as generating a research idea, implementing the research design, maintaining good ethical standards, and collecting, analysing and presenting data. It explains how to conduct online surveys, online interviews and online ethnography in practice, and every chapter contains individual and group activities to encourage the reader to engage with real online research, as well as further reading suggestions to help them develop their knowledge. Online Research Methods in Sport Studies is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and researchers with an interest in sport studies, and is a useful reference for practitioners working in sport or sport media who want to improve their professional research skills.

Match Fixing and Sport Historical Perspectives

Match Fixing and Sport Historical Perspectives

Author: Mike (University of Cumbria, UK) Huggins Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/12/2019

Match-Fixing and Sport studies match-fixing in historical perspective, revealing how match-fixing has always been a major sporting continuity, alongside another longstanding continuity, a widely-held belief in a mythical recent past of pristine purity. The volume begins with a brief overview of match-fixing's global contemporary contexts, the broad range of sports where it now surfaces, increased recognition of its moral, social, and economic threat, and the varied responses of leading sports organizations, legal gambling operators, police forces, governmental departments, and regulators. The following chapters explore the challenges of finding any reliable evidence of match-fixing in the past. An overview shows that match-fixing has been a major and substantial longstanding historical continuity in sport, usually but not always is linked to gambling and sporting materialism. Examples are brought forward to show that it could be found in Ancient Greece and Egypt and was widespread across the early modern and modern periods around the globe. Overall, the volume assists scholars by suggesting some key questions which a future agenda for the historical study of match-fixing might address. Revealing how high-stakes betting, dishonest dealings and suspicious performances can be found throughout history, Match-Fixing and Sport will be of great interest to scholars of Sport History and Sport Ethics. This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

The Wilderness Idiot Lessons from an Accidental Adventurer

The Wilderness Idiot Lessons from an Accidental Adventurer

Author: Ted Alvarez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2019

Ted Alvarez built a career and an outdoor lifestyle by simply not being smart enough to say no to things that will probably kill him, or at least embarrass him severely. From nearly drowning in pro kayak races to hallucinating on solo trips across bear-and-bug-infested wildernesses, his work exists to show that the outsider Everywoman and -man can have the spotlight. In a series of hilarious and insightful essays, Alvarez shows that you don't need to shred sick lines to find adventure-you just have to embrace the blank spots beyond your comfort zone. That way lies self-knowledge, soul-quieting confidence, and the soul of wilderness. More than most, Alvarez knows outsiders belong outside-and he wants to welcome them into the tribe. The Wilderness Idiot airlifts readers to the world's most remote places (in reality and in the mind) and make them feel so at home they'll start dreaming about adventures of their own.

Jayhawker On History, Home, and Basketball

Jayhawker On History, Home, and Basketball

Author: Andrew Malan Milward Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Wars ravage Iraq and Afghanistan. An earthquake devastates Haiti. The economy is in crisis and America is in the death grip of partisan politics. But what really, really gets you down? Your college basketball team loses a key game. It kind of makes a person wonder-first, of course, about his priorities, but then, inevitably, about the nature of such an obsession, one clearly shared with millions of sports fans spanning the United States. In a book that begins with one fan's passion for a game, Andrew Malan Milward takes a deep dive into sports culture, team loyalty, and a shared sense of belonging-and what these have to do with character, home, and history. At the University of Kansas-where the inventor of the sport coached its first team-basketball is a religion, and Milward is a devoted follower with a faith that has grown despite time and distance. Jayhawker, his first venture into nonfiction, bears the marks of the accomplished storyteller. Sharply observed, deftly written, and often as dramatic as its Subject, the book pairs personal memoir with cultural history to conduct us from the world of the athlete to the literary life, from competition to camaraderie, from the history of the game to the game as a reflection of American history at its darkest hour and in its shining moments. A journey through one man's obsession with basketball, Jayhawker: On History, Home, and Basketball tells a quintessential American story.

Gods, Games, and Globilization New Perspectives on Religion and Sport

Gods, Games, and Globilization New Perspectives on Religion and Sport

Author: Rebecca Alpert, Arthur Remillard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

The focus of this volume is on the varieties of religious experiences in sports on the global stage. The first generation of sports and religion scholars debated the ways sports intersected with or even replaced traditional religions and investigated self-identified religious adherents and institutions that have used sports in traditional religious contexts. Our task here is to expand, revise, and complicate this conversation. The essays in this volume look both within and beyond conventional frames to shine a light on the many facets of this endlessly compelling topic. The authors featured here press against the U.S. settings that have occupied a central location in the story of religion and sports. These essays extend out to the different corners of the world, to developed and developing nations, from urban to rural landscapes. They examine sports with devoted followings that are underrepresented in conversations on religion and sports: mixed martial arts, fly fishing, pole dancing, youth hockey, and track and field. And they reveal sports' connectedness to broader global forces, such as capitalism, education, philanthropy, and international conflict, providing new theoretical perspectives in the study of religion and sport. Sports make ordinary people act in extraordinarily strange ways. This aim of this book is to encourage readers to develop a deeper appreciation for this curious human activity. Because whether it's a soccer game in Africa, or a baseball game in New York City, we all have a great deal to learn about the games that people play and love.