LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

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!

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.

Sporting Oregon A Pictorial History of Early Oregon Sports

Sporting Oregon A Pictorial History of Early Oregon Sports

Author: Brian S. Campf, Carl Abbott, John T. Hawk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

For more than twenty-five years, Brian Campf collected vintage photographs and ephemera related to Oregon sports. Sporting Oregon includes approximately 350 images from Campf's extensive collection that offer an overview of the first fifty years of organized sports in Oregon, primarily baseball, football, and basketball, but also such pastimes as horse racing, track, hockey, tennis, and cricket. In his introduction, Campf traces the origins of team sports in Oregon, using period newspaper accounts to chronicle the increasing participation in and popularity of organized sports in the state. Detailed captions provide additional information on how and where the sports developed, on team histories, and on records of games and seasons. The book features a number of images from early Oregon Agricultural College (now OSU) and University of Oregon teams. The book's images range from historically significant (the earliest original photo of Oregon sports) and diverse (women's basketball, African American baseball) to athletes representing towns, schools, and organizations across Oregon. It is a book about sports but the images also reflect the people, places, and society of their time. Whites did not play on the same teams as blacks. Women wore modest attire. Sports were played in even the smallest communities, a welcome diversion from a hardscrabble life. Using horses, wagons, trains, and even boats, teams and their fans ventured to neighboring towns, bringing people together. Sporting Oregon is intended for readers interested in sports history, Oregon history, vintage photography, Americana, and local history. A foreword by historian Carl Abbott and an afterword by special collections librarian John Hawk provide additional context for the visual treasure trove. Packed with images from the past that provide a fascinating lens through which to view Oregon history, Sporting Oregon's pages will be savored and lingered over by people of all ages, by scholars and casual readers alike.

Latinos and Latinas in American Sport Stories Beyond Peloteros

Latinos and Latinas in American Sport Stories Beyond Peloteros

Author: Jorge Iber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

This anthology expands upon the significance of sport in U.S. Latino communities by looking at sports as diverse as drag racing and community softball, the rise of Latinas in high school.

Skates Made of Bone A History

Skates Made of Bone A History

Author: B.A. Thurber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Ice skates made from animal bones were used in Europe for millennia before metal-bladed skates were invented. Bronze Age archaeological sites have yielded thousands of examples. They are often mentioned in popular books on the Vikings and sometimes appear in children's literature. Even after metal skates became the norm, people in rural areas continued to use bone skates into the early 1970s. Today, bone skates help scientists and re-enactors understand migrations and interactions among ancient peoples. This book explains how to make and use them and chronicles their history, from their likely invention in the Eurasian steppes to their disappearance in the modern era.

Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice

Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice

Author: Joe (Loughborough University, UK) Piggin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2019

Physical activity, inactivity and their relationship to health are serious concerns for governments around the world. This is the first book to critically examine the policy and practice of physical activity from a multi-disciplinary, social-scientific perspective. Moving beyond the usual biophysical and epidemiological approaches, it defines and explores the key themes that are shaping the global physical activity debate. Unrivalled in its scale and scope, it presents the latest data on physical activity from around the world, including case studies from Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. Drawing on social, economic and behavioural sciences, it covers contexts from the global to the local and introduces the dominant ideas which inform the study of physical activity. Its 41 chapters examine the use of different forms of evidence in policymaking, the role of organisations in advocating physical activity, and the practical realities of public health interventions. The Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice is a landmark publication for all students, academics, policymakers and practitioners interested in the social-scientific study of sport, exercise, physical activity and public health.

Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics

Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics

Author: Alan (Loughborough University, UK) Bairner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2019

Sport is frequently considered to be an aspect of popular culture that is, or should be, untainted by the political. However, there is a broad consensus among academics that sport is often at the heart of the political and the political is often central to sport. From the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany to the civil unrest that preceded the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, sport and politics have remained symbiotic bedfellows. The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics goes further than any other book in surveying the complex, embedded relationships between sport and politics. With sections addressing ideologies, nation and statehood, corporate politics, political activism, social justice, and the politics of sports events, it introduces the conceptual foundations that underpin our understanding of the sport-politics nexus and examines emergent issues in this field of study. Including in-depth case studies from North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, this is an essential reference for anybody with an interest in the social scientific study of sport.

Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity

Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity

Author: Richard (University of Wolverhampton, UK) Medcalf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2019

Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity goes beyond the content of introductory research methods texts to provide an insight into the methodological hurdles that are experienced when researching 'difference' in Sport and Physical Activity. Contributors reflect upon how the rhetoric of research methodology transfers into the reality of data collection across 'difference'. Presenting case studies of real research projects, the book covers a range of topics, such as: disability in sport and physical activity vulnerable children in sport and physical activity visual research tools when working with children in a primary school setting physical activity, sedentary behaviour and obesity through childhood diverse ethnic groups in sport and physical activity settings. Each chapter contends with practical issues of power and representation within the research process, to recognise how a researcher-participant relationship that considers those who are 'othered' serves to change the dynamics and processes of research. This is an important resource for students of all sports related subjects and essential reading for anyone interested in the study of marginalised populations in sport and physical activity.

Match Fixing and Sport Historical Perspectives

Match Fixing and Sport Historical Perspectives

Author: Mike (University of Cumbria, UK) Huggins Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2019

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.

Sociocultural Examinations of Sports Concussions

Sociocultural Examinations of Sports Concussions

Sport's concussion crisis has been characterized by controversial scientific discoveries, athlete suicides, and high-profile lawsuits involving professional sports leagues, while provoking widespread media coverage, changes to game rules, and debate about the future of many popular sports. Sociocultural Examinations of Sports Concussion is the first edited collection to bring together multiple sociocultural perspectives on sports concussion that interrogate the social, economic, political, and historical forces shaping the cultural impacts of these injuries. Each of the ten chapters moves beyond biomedical or neuroscientific paradigms to critically examine a specific intersection of sociocultural factors influencing public perceptions about concussion or athlete experiences of brain injury. These include analyses of media and advertising, medical treatment and diagnostic protocols, gender and masculinity, developments in equipment and scientific models, economics and labor politics, understandings of trauma and recovery, public health philosophies, and disciplinary differences in framing the ontologies of concussion. Drawing from a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, Sociocultural Examinations of Sports Concussion offers a diverse set of analyses examining brain injuries as cultural and embodied phenomena affecting more than just athletes' brains, but also embedded within and (re)shaping meanings, identities, and social contexts. It is valuable reading for graduate students and researchers interested in the experience and treatment of sports concussion, sports sociology, and sports technology.

Little Red Cabin Short Stories and Long Thoughts

Little Red Cabin Short Stories and Long Thoughts

Author: Mike Hansen Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2019